TAMIL NADU

Pay hike for noon meal organisers, anganwadi workers

CHENNAI, MARCH 17. The Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today announced a pay hike for noon meal organisers and anganwadi workers with effect from April 1. They will now receive a total of Rs. 1,835 as against Rs. 1,513.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, she said that the total hike would be Rs. 322 per person. A total of 84,473 workers (40,209 noon meal organisers and 44,264 anganwadi workers) will benefit from the move. The personal pay component will be Rs. 200, while the remaining will be dearness allowance (61per cent). The pay hike will cost Rs. 32.64 crores annually for the government.

The total pay of the noon meal organisers and anganwadi workers now was higher than those offered in Kerala (Rs.1063), Andhra Pradesh (Rs.1200) and Karnataka (Rs.1450). The representatives of the workers had represented that the amount here was low and had requested a revision.

Kalimuthu may attend Speakers' meet

Earlier, at zero hour, the Congress leader, S.R. Balasubramoniyan, wanted the Speaker, K. Kalimuthu, to clarify if he would attend the meet convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, and if so, what stand he would take. The Congress leader said that he was raising the issue because there was reference to his visit in a section of the Press. But Mr. Kalimuthu did not reply.

Government sources said that the Speaker was likely to attend the meet but refused to elaborate any further when asked about the stand that the Tamil Nadu Speaker would adopt at the meeting.

During question hour, DMK member, D. Nepoleon wanted the Government to ensure that all State functions had performances on traditional arts. This would help preserve the art form, he said. Stating that many artists were in bad financial shape, he wanted the Government to grant them assistance. K. Pitchandi of the DMK wanted the Government to make use of the art forms to propagate social service messages. The Education Minister, C.Ve. Shanmugham, said that the suggestions would be considered.

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