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Srinagar, Sept 11: In a major decision, the union government has announced an increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers.

The announcement which will be effective from next month was made by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in an interaction with lakhs of ASHA, Anganwadi and ANM workers today.

This decision is expected to address the long-pending demands of ASHA and Anganwai workers in jammu & Kashmir who have been reeling under a low remuneration.

The Prime Minister announced the doubling of routine incentives given by the Union Government to ASHA workers. 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 significant increase in the honorarium given to Anganwadi workers. Those receiving Rs. 3000 so far, would now receive Rs. 4500. Similarly those receiving Rs. 2200, would now get Rs. 3500. The honorarium for Anganwadi helpers has also been increased from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2250.

Prime Minister also announced that Anganwadi workers and helpers using techniques such as Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS), would get additional incentives. The incentives ranging from Rs. 250 to Rs. 500, would be based on performance.

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