Desk: The honorarium of Anganwadi workers and helpers, as well as Panchayat representatives working in Bihar, has increased. The proposal was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
A total of 19 proposals were approved in today’s meeting. After the Cabinet meeting, Additional Chief Secretary of the Cabinet Dr. S. Siddhartha said that there are 1 lakh 15 thousand Nau Sevikas and an equal number of helpers in the state. The government has decided to increase the allowance for them starting April 1, 2024.
At present, anganwadi workers get Rs 5950 as an allowance. This has been increased to Rs seven lakh. Similarly, the salary of a maid has been increased from Rs 2975 to Rs 4,000. After this decision, the government will have to bear an additional financial burden of Rs. 286.37 crore every year as a differential amount.
At present, the center’s share in the scheme is 60 percent and the state’s share is 40 percent, but after the increase in the allowance, the state’s share in the scheme will increase to 61.43 percent while the center’s share will be 38.57 percent.
The headmaster will get Rs five thousand, and the panch will get Rs eight hundred.
Dr. Siddhartha said that, like sevika and sahayika, the cabinet has also increased the honorarium of elected representatives in six posts of the three-tier panchayat. The increased honorarium will be payable on April 1, 2024. The panchayat pradhan will get Rs 5,000 instead of Rs 2,500, the up-pradhan Rs 25,000 instead of Rs 12, and the gram panchayat members Rs 8,000 instead of Rs 5,000. Similarly, the Sarpanch of the Gram Kachari will get five thousand rupees instead of two and a half thousand, the Deputy Sarpanch will get 25 hundred rupees instead of 12 hundred, and the Panch will get eight hundred rupees instead of five hundred. After the increase in honorarium, the government will have to bear an additional Rs. 3.30 billion on this account.