J&K approves HR policy for Anganwadi women workers, helpers

The policy re-designates the AWW and AWH as ‘sanginis’ and ‘sahayikas’

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The administrative council of Jammu and Kashmir has approved the HR policy for Anganwadi women workers and helpers, who are employed with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). This is a significant step under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, towards empowering the women in the Union Territory.

As per the selection criteria in the new HR policy, the minimum qualification for an Anganwadi worker will be 10+2. Those with higher qualifications, that is more than graduation, will not be considered for any role.

Additionally, the policy states that weightage will be given to marks obtained in 10+2, and the selection process will be based on merit alone.

Not only does the policy streamlines the selection process, it also does away with any ambiguity that may exist in the same.

That is not all. The new HR policy shall also govern the quantum of leave of the women workers, their eligibility for training, capacity building and process for termination of services.

It has also been reported that services of both Anganwadi Workers (AWW) and Anganwadi Helpers (AWH) shall be terminated on their attaining the age of 60 years. The vacancy thus created will then be filled as per the prescribed procedure. The policy also re-designates Anganwadi women as ‘sanginis’ and helpers as ‘sahayikas’.

The policy is aimed at giving the women employed with the Anganwadi scheme the much-required security.

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