Today, Smriti Zubin Irani, Union minister of women and child development, in Rajya Sabha informed about the criteria for recruitment of Aanganwadi workers in a written reply. To which, the ministry informed that there is no proposal under consideration to increase the salary of Aanganwadi workers.
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The Aanganwadi workers are selected from the native village by a committee formed by the state government or union territory administration under the Anganwadi Services Scheme. The eligible age to join as an Anganwadi worker (AWWs) and Aanganwadi Helpers (AWHs) is 18 years to 35 years.
The ministry said, “AWWs and AWHs, being honorary workers, are paid monthly honoraria as decided by the Government from time to time, which is uniform in all States/UTs. AWWs at main Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) are paid an honorarium of Rs 4,500 per month; AWWs at mini- AWCs Rs 3,500 per month and AWHs are paid Rs 2,250 per month. Also, performance linked incentive of Rs 250 per month is paid to AWHs and Rs 500 per month to AWWs.”
Adding to it, the state governments are also paying incentives. However, right now there is no proposal to increase the salary of Anganwadi Workers is under consideration, the ministry informed.