Port Blair, Mar. 3: The Lt Governor, Lt Gen (Retd) Bhopinder Singh, PVSM, AVSM has approved the enhancement of honorarium of Anganwadi workers and Helpers under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

ICDS is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented through Anganwadi Centres where Anganwadi workers and Helpers are engaged on a monthly honorarium basis. The honorarium under the scheme is made on a specific funding pattern i.e. central and State share at the rate of 9:1.

The rate of UT share of honorarium has now been increased from Rs 1000/- to Rs 2000/- pm to Anganwadi workers and from Rs 750/- to Rs 1500/- pm to Helpers. With the enhancement of honorarium, the Anganwadi worker will now get a total of Rs 5000/-pm and the Helper will get Rs 3000/- pm. The enhancement of honorarium will be effective from 1st April 2013.