Shimla/ July 4
The State Government will enhance the honorarium of Mini Anganwadi Workers from present Rs. 1750 per month to Rs. 25000 per month and the hike will be applicable from April 1, 2013. This was disclosed by said Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dhani Ram Shandil while speaking in the first meeting of National Mission Steering Group meeting at New Delhi today.
He said that besides enhancement in the honorarium the Mini Anganwadi Workers would also get the arrears of the balance amount from April 1, 2013. The Minister urged Government of India for financial assistance for re-construction of Anganwadi Centres on the pattern of Uttrakhand as the Anganwadi Centres in district Kinnaur suffered massive damages. He said that sufficient financial assistance should be made for developing the infrastructure.
The Minister urged GoI for special grant on the pattern of Uttrakhand State as the State suffered heavy damages in the flash floods occurred in June, 2013 due to untimely incessant rains and snow.
Shandil said that Intergrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme would be put up under Mission Mode in the State during the 12th five year plan. Initially, three districts viz. Kangra, Kinnaur and Sirmour will be put up under Mission Mode from current financial year and added that restructured and strengthened I C D S Mission would be rolled out in the state by the year 2015. He said that all districts of the State would be put under Mission Mode by the year 2014-15.
He said that various steps have been taken to improve child sex ratio in the State as a result of which the child sex ratio has gone up to 906 in 2011 as compared to 896 in 2001.
Shandil said that construction of Anganadi Centres would be taken up in all the villages of the State and added that at present state government is providing funds for construction of Anganwadi Centres from State budget @Rs 2.50 lakh per Anganwadi Bhawan in the State.
He said that under the I C D S mission mode, 2600 Anganwadi Centres would be constructed in Kangra, Sirmour and Kinnaur districts during the 12th five year plan and added that at present around 9500 Anganwadi Centres were being run in rented buildings in the State. He requested the Central Government to sanction 3.25 crore to the State Government under mission mode for construction of Anganwadis in the State.
He requested the Central Government to keep the proportion of cost sharing between centre and state to present level of 90:10 to the hilly areas like Himachal Pradesh keeping in view the high infrastructure cost due to tough geographical conditions.
Shimla/ July 4