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10 February 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Amid an ongoing exchange of letters Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Women and Child Development Minister Menaka Gandhi over Anganwadi workers in Odisha, the BJD today attacked the Centre for not releasing its 60 percent quota for the latter's remuneration.

While Pradhan had written to Gandhi regarding issues relating to honorarium to field functionaries, utilisation certificates against grants-in-aid released to the State government and vacancies, the ruling-BJD said that Odisha Government is committed to the holistic welfare of the Anganwadi workers.

In this regard, the Government is bearing 70 percent of their remuneration of Rs 7,500 per month, BJD Spokesperson, Sasmit Patra said. "The State Government should be giving 40 percent and the Centre's share is 60 percent. We would urge the Union Minister to clarify on this point. When would the Centre start releasing its 60 percent share towards the salaries of the Anganwadi workers," Patra added.

In a response to Pradhan's letter, Gandhi stated that the Central share of grants-in-aid of Rs 16,694.38 lakh for third and fourth quarter of the current financial year has been released to Odisha towards the enhanced honorarium.

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Sasmit Patra, BJD Spokesperson