7th Pay Commission Latest News: At a time when over 50 lakh Central Government employees are waiting for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Centre on Wednesday approved a hike in honorarium and performance linked incentive for Anganwadi and ASHA workers. The news comes at a time when the Central Government employees observed ‘all-India protest day’ on Wednesday to press for upward revision of minimum pay beyond the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and scrapping of a new pension scheme.

(7th Pay Commission Latest News)

With the announcement by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), the Anganwadi worker would now get a monthly honorarium of Rs 4,500 per month instead of Rs 3,000 earlier. The Anganwadi helper would get Rs 2,250 per month in place of Rs 1,500 earlier. The Anganwadi worker at a mini Anganwadi centre would get monthly Rs 3,500 instead of Rs 2,250.

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The government has, in addition, approved the monthly performance linked incentive of Rs 250 for Anganwadi helpers for facilitating proper functioning of Anganwadi centres. On the other hand, the ASHA workers would now get Rs 2,000 per month in place of Rs 1,000 earlier, with an approved package of Rs 1,224.97 crore till 2020 under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The move will come into effect from October 1 this year and would cost of Rs 10,649 crore for the period between October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.

The rate of honorarium paid to the Anganwadi workers and helpers was last revised in 2011.

The Anganwadi services (ICDS) are aimed at holistic development of children under the age of six years and its beneficiaries are children of this age group and pregnant women and lactating mothers.

Meanwhile, the 50 lakh Central Government employees and an equivalent number of retirees are seeking a hike of Rs 8,000 in the minimum pay that will take their salaries up to Rs 26,000 and an increase of 3.68 times in fitment factor. They still hope that the Centre will accept their demands for a hike in minimum pay and fitment factor beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations even when Minister of Finance (MoS) P Radhakrishnan, in March, had declared that the Centre is not considering a raise the minimum pay and fitment factor of 50 lakh Central Government employees and retirees beyond 7th Pay Commission recommendations.