Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday allowed medical leave for one month along with pay as a welfare measure to anganwadi workers, conceding to their long ending demand.
A decision to this effect was taken by Badal during a meeting with the delegation of All Punjab Anganwadi Mulazim Union led by its president Hargobind Kaur. It was informed in the meeting that earlier the anganwadi workers were only entitled for medical leave for 10 days and now they could avail medical leave for one month with pay, an official release said.
The chief minister also asked the finance department to immediately release second instalment of Rs 18 crore to the social security department for the completion of nearly 800 unfinished buildings of anganwadi centres so that they could be made functional at the earliest.
The state government had already released Rs 18 crore as first instalment for the construction of these buildings. Badal also gave nod to start the construction of 68 new anganwadi centres shortly with the funds of Rs 4 crore already released by the NABARD.
The chief minister also assured the delegation that he would soon take up the issue to reduce the work experience from 10 to three years for the promotion of anganwadi helper to anganwadi workers.
Badal also asked the social security minister to get the issue of transferring the eight anganwari blocks jointly run by the social welfare advisory board and the Punjab child welfare council thoroughly examined to streamline the functioning of anganwadi centres in a result oriented manner.