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The Andhra Pradesh Government on 30 December 2015 decided to hike the wages of Anganwadi workers. The wages of the Anganwadi workers will be increased from 4200 rupees to 7000 rupees and the wages of Anganwadi helpers will be hiked to 4500 rupees.
It was also decided to replace the conventional street lights with LED lights in 659 villages across the state.
The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting presided by state Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada.
In addition, the Cabinet decided to implement a new sand policy with effect from 1 February 2016. As per the policy, Mines Department will monitor tendering and auctioning of sand reaches in the state.
• The word Anganwadi means courtyard shelter in Indian languages.
• They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
• A typical Anganwadi centre also provides basic health care in Indian villages.
• It is a part of the Indian public health-care system.
• The Anganwadi workers need to provide care for newborn babies as well as ensure that all children below the age of 6 are immunized or in other words have received vaccinations.
• The workers are also expected to provide antenatal care for pregnant women.
• Every 40 to 65 Anganwadi workers are supervised by one Mukhya Sevika.
• The Mukhya Sevika then reports to the Child development Projects Officer (CDPO).
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When: 30 December 2015