Context: The Central Government is providing honorarium of Rs 4,500/- per month to Anganwadi Workers (AWWs), Rs 3,500/- per month to AWWs at mini-AWCs and Rs 2,250/- per month to Anganwadi Helpers (AWHs).


Apart from this, The Government is also providing performance linked incentive of Rs 250/- per month to AWHs effective from 1st October, 2018. AWWs are paid performance linked incentive of Rs 500/- per month for using ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software) under POSHAN Abhiyaan. In addition to this, most of the States/UTs are also providing monetary incentives to these workers out of their own resources. ABOUT ANGANWADI SERVICE SCHEME Anganwadi Services Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme which is implemented by the States / UTs as per the guidelines/instructions issued by Government of India. All the issues pertaining to implementation of the scheme including the enrolment and recruitment of the Anganwadi staff rests with the concerned States/UTs.  As per norms, one post of Anganwadi Worker and one post of Anganwadi Helper is sanctioned for main Anganwadi Centres (AWCs). For Mini-AWCs only one post of AWW is sanctioned.  Presently, there is no proposal under consideration to increase the honorarium of Anganwadi Workers. Under the Anganwadi Services Scheme, the funding pattern between Centre and States/UTs is as under:

  • For States/UTs with Legislature
    • General: 60:40
    • Salary: 25:75
    • SNP: 50:50
  • NE/Himalayan States& UT of J&K
    • General: 90:10
    • Salary: 90:10
    • SNP: 90:10
  • UT Without Legislature
    • General: 100:0
    • Salary: 100:0
    • SNP: 100:0

WHO ARE ANGANWADI WORKERS? AWWs/AWHs are honorary workers who come forward to render their services on payment of monthly honorarium. In view of the very nature of the role of Anganwadi Workers/Helpers, it is not feasible to declare them as regular/permanent employees Anganwadi is a type of rural child care centre in India. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.  As of 31 January 2013, as many as 13.3 lakh Anganwadi and mini-Anganwadi centres (AWCs/mini-AWCs) are operational out of 13.7 lakh sanctioned AWCs/mini-AWCs. These centres provide supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, nutrition and health education, immunization, health check-up and referral services of which the last three are provided in convergence with public health systems.

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