J-K admin approves HR policy for Anganwadi workers, helpers

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As a major step towards the empowerment of women in the UT, the Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of J-K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the HR policy for female Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Helpers working in the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) of J-K, reported the Daily Excelsior.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, and Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J-K attended the meeting.

The Administrative Council approved the proposal of a comprehensive Human Resource Policy to govern the engagement, leave(s), promotion and other important aspects of this very vital workforce of the department.

As per the report, AWWs and AWHs shall be re-designated as Sanginis (AWWs) and Sahayikas (AWHs). The unit for selection has also been redefined in terms of the electoral ward to remove any ambiguity in the selection process.

The new policy also clearly lays down age criteria for selection, with the domicile of UT being pre-requisite eligibility for competing in the selection process.

As per the report, the minimum qualification for Aanganwadi Worker shall be 10+2 and maximum graduation and in case no 10+2 candidate is available in the Ward, a 10+2 pass candidate from the adjoining ward shall be considered which would require prior approval of the Mission Director, ICDS. Weightage shall be given to marks obtained in 10+2 and selection shall be done purely on a merit basis. Candidates with qualifications higher than graduation shall not be considered.

For selection as Anganwadi Helper, the minimum qualification shall be matriculation. The new HR policy also stipulates the quantum of leave, eligibility for training/capacity building and process for termination of services, as per the report.

The services of both AWW/AWH shall end on attaining the age of 60 years and the vacancy so arises, shall be filled as per the prescribed procedure. Moreover, if the AWW/AWH, after the engagement, permanently shifts/changes her place of residence outside the Ward on the basis of residence of which, she was selected, then she shall be deemed to have been disengaged from the post of AWW/AWH and the vacancy so accrued shall be filled as per the stated procedure, reads the report by the Daily Excelsior.

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