New Delhi, April 8: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday announced that the monthly payment of Madhya Pradesh Anganwadi workers and assistants have been doubled to Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000. He made this announcement while attending an orientation workshop in Bhopal.

The workers gathered from all parts of the state to attend this workshop. While making the announcement, Chouhan, also said that now Anganwadi workers retirement age will be 62 years, which is similar to state government employees. Each Anganwadi worker will also get Rs 1 lakh and an assistant Rs 75,000 at the time of retirement.

He further said that financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh would be given in case of the death of a worker or assistant in an accident. He urged them to manage Anganwadis properly in order to eradicate malnutrition from the state.

In the past, it was reported many times that Anganwadi workers had stage protest demanding permanent employment and pay hike. Anganwadi is a type of rural mother and child care center in India. They were started by the Indian government in 1985 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. Anganwadi means “courtyard shelter” in Indian languages.

(With agency inputs)