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Retirement age to be fixed for anganwadi workers

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Government will also extend pension facility to them: Chief Minister

Assistance: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a programme to distribute bonds and saris to mothers of girl children, who are beneficiaries under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, in Hassan on Thursday.
Assistance: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa at a programme to distribute bonds and saris to mothers of girl children, who are beneficiaries under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, in Hassan on Thursday.

The Government will fix a retirement age for anganwadi workers and will also extend pension facility to them, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa announced here on Thursday after distributing bonds and saris to mothers of girl children, who are beneficiaries under the Bhagyalakshmi scheme.

Addressing a large gathering of women who had come from all taluks of the district at the District Stadium, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the Government would make an official announcement in this regard next week.

Detailing the benefits of the Bhagyalakshmi scheme, he said that besides providing social security to the girl child, it would also take care of their health and educational needs. However, Mr. Yeddyurappa added that the girl would receive the money on becoming an adult only if she successfully completed class 10. Mr. Yeddyurappa also announced that the bonds under the scheme would be sent directly to beneficiaries by Life Insurance Corporation to prevent the menace of middlemen.

Referring to the criticism by the Opposition that the programme to distribute saris was a political gimmick, Mr. Yeddyurappa said, “The programme is not a political gimmick taken up with an eye on the elections to zilla and taluk panchayats.

Beneficiaries will get saris after Dasara festival every year hereafter,” he said. Emphasising the need to strengthen Stree Shakti self-help groups in the State, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that a separate financial institution would be set up to provide loans to SHGs. Mr. Somanna, who took over as district in-charge of Hassan 14 days ago, in his keynote address, refuted the allegations made by the Janata Dal (Secular) that the BJP Government was discriminating against Hassan district for political reasons. He said that every effort would be made to address the problems being faced by people in the district.

Earlier, speaking to presspersons after landing at the Bhuvanahalli helipad, Mr. Yeddyurappa, reacting to Mr. Somanna's demand for a Rs.100-crore grant to take up development works in Hassan, said that he sanctioned a Rs. 50-crore grant and said that he would release the first instalment of Rs. 25 crore shortly.

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