CCEA approves hike in honorarium for Anganwadi workers, ASHA Benefit Package

NEW DELHI
19 Sep 2018

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has approved enhancement of honorarium to Anganwadi Workers/Anganwadi Helpers (AWWs/AWHs)and performance linked incentive to AWHs [Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme] with a total cost of Rs. 10,649.41 crore (GoI Share) for the period from 01.10.2018 to 31.03.2020.

Nearly 27 lakh AWWs/AWHs will be benefitted by the approval. Anganwadi Services (Umbrella ICDS) is a universal scheme and beneficiaries are spread all over the country at  AWC/village level. As per the approved revision, Anganwadi workers will now get Rs 4500/- per month, Anganwadi workers at Mini AWC will get Rs 3500/- per month and Anganwadi Helper Rs 2250/- per month along with monthly performance linked incentive of Rs.250/- approved for Anganwadi Helpers for facilitating proper functioning of Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).

The enhanced rate of honorarium and performance linked incentive would be effective from 1st October, 2018. The programme through targeted interventions will strive to reduce the level of malnutrition, anaemia and low birth weight babies, ensure empowerment of adolescent girls, provide protection to the children who are in conflict with law, provide safe place for day-care to  children of working mothers, create synergy, ensure better monitoring, issue negative alerts for timely action, encourage States/UTs to perform, guide and supervise line Ministries and States/UTs to achieve the targeted goals and bring more transparency.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also gave its ex-post facto approval to ASHA Benefit Package w.e.f. October, 2018 (to be paid in November, 2018) with two components viz. ASHAs and ASHA facilitators meeting the eligibility criteria to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and an increase in the amount of routine and recurring incentives under National Health Mission for ASHAs under NHM from Rs. 1000/- per month to Rs. 2000/-per month.

The package entails an expenditure (Central funding) to Rs.1224.97 crore for two years 2018-19 and 2019-20. An estimated 1,06,36,701(One crore six lakh thirty six thousand seven hundred one) ASHAS and ASHA facilitators to be covered under Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana, while estimated 9,57,303 (Nine lakh fifty seven thousand three hundred three) ASHAS and ASHA facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana.

Estimated 10,22,265 (Ten lakh twenty  two thousand two hundred sixty five) ASHAs will get at least minimum of Rs 2000/- per month from current Rs1000/- for routine activities.

ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana (Life Insurance). The eligibility criteria are 18-70 years. Cover is for one-year period stretching from 1st June to 31st May  and benefit is as under:–

Rs. 2 Lakh in  case of death due to accident

Rs. 2 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of both eyes or loss of use of both hands or feet or loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of one hand or one foot

Rs. 1 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye or loss of use of one hand or one foot. The annual Premium of Rs 12 per beneficiary will be paid by Central Government.

ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators meeting the age criteria of 18-50 years to be covered under Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana (Accident insurance). The annual premium of Rs. 330 (average) will be paid by the Central Government.  Cover is for one-year period stretching from 1st June to 31st May and benefit is Rs 2 Lakh in case of death due to any cause.

ASHAs will get a minimum of Rs.2000/- per month from current Rs 1000/- per month as incentives for routine activities. This is in addition to other task based incentives approved at Central/State level.

As per the implementation strategy and targets, the existing institutional mechanisms for the National Health Mission would be utilised to implement the proposed ASHA Benefit package. By 31st March  2019- 65 % of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana By 30th October, 2019-100 %  of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBima and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana The increase in the amount of routine and recurring incentives for ASHAs from Rs. 1000 per month to Rs. 2000 per month would be with effect from October 2018 (to be paid in November, 2018). (PIB)