Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11, 2018 announced a landmark increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers.
The announcement was made during a video bridge interaction with lakhs of ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) workers.
The announcement will be effective from October 2018.
As per the announcement routine incentives given by the government to ASHA workers have been doubled.
Those receiving 3000 rupees so far, would now receive 4500 rupees. Those receiving 2200, would now get 3500 rupees.
The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from 1500 to 2250 rupees.
Mr Modi also announced that Anganwadi workers and helpers using techniques such as Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS) would get additional incentives. The incentives ranging from 250 to 500 rupees, would be based on performance. The Prime Minister interacted with ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers from across the country.
In addition, all ASHA workers and their helpers would be provided free insurance cover under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Prime Minister Suraksha Bima Yojana. Prime Minister also announced a significant increase in the honorarium given to Anganwadi workers.