NEW DELHI: The Centre has announced a slew of measures to improve the working condition of Anganwadi workers which includes free insurance cover, six months of maternity leave and scholarship for their children studying in higher classes.
The Anganwadi workers will be provided with an insurance cover under Anganwadi Karyakartri Bima Yojana. The annual premium for this is `280, out of which `200 will be paid by the Union Government.
The remaining `80, which is supposed to be paid by the Anganwadi workers, has been waived off, the Women and Child Development Ministry said in a statement.
The Anganwadi worker will also get 180 days of maternity leave. They will also get two saris as uniform every year.
Apart from this, a scholarship of `300 will be provided to the children Anganwadi workers studying in classes 9th to 12th.
The statement further said that in order to improve their career prospects, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has ordered that 50 per cent of the posts of supervisors should be reserved for the Anganwadi workers. Anganwadi workers with 10 years of experience are eligible for appointment as supervisor against this 50 per cent quota.