Government is planning to increase the wages of cooks cum helpers from Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 in midday meal.

A proposal
was recently discussed in a meeting comprising representatives from trade
unions and several ministries including labour and human resource development
(HRD). According to the document, while all trade unions supported the move,
the labour ministry could not convince other stakeholders, including the
ministries overseeing the schemes in some cases, to accept the proposal.
While accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers under
NRHM are termed volunteers and paid incentives, cook-cum-helpers of the mid-day
meal programme receive a honorarium of
 Rs.1,000 a month. The so-called anganwadi or healthcare workers, the key to the government’s Integrated
Child Development Programme, also receive a honorarium between
 Rs.1500
and
 Rs.3000 a month. If paid minimum wages, both would earn Rs.5000
a month. Overall, there are over around six million workers associated with all
such schemes.
The department of school education under the HRD ministry said
workers associated with the mid-day-meal programme under SSA
cannot be treated as permanent employees. They work for about 3-4 hours in the
schools, preparing and serving the meal. Since cook-cum helpers… are engaged
for limited hours… they are not treated as government employees,
the government document said, expressing
the view of the HRD ministry. There are some 2.74 million such workers who help
one of the biggest education schemes in the country that aims to arrest dropout
rates by providing food to students studying in government schools. According
to official data, 110 million students benefit from the scheme.
An official at the HRD ministry said his department is
considering a proposal to enhance the honorarium to the cooks to
 Rs.1500
a month in 2013-14 and
 Rs.2000 a month from 2015-16.
It is unfortunate that all the schemes of central government is proved to be flap show because of sheer corruption in the system and lackadaisical approach of bureaucrats in curbing the corruption which took the entire machinery under its grip. Whether the cooks are getting the Rs.1000 honorarium. Please take a glance of following link-http://yogimpsingh.blogspot.com/2013/04/bsa-mirzapur-has-neither-regard-for-go_6.html
Whether schemes are really reaching to needy if not reaching then why action is not being taken against wrongdoers.
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Mahesh Pratap Singh Yogi M P Singh

Hon'ble friends-An official at the HRD ministry said his department is considering a proposal to enhance the honorarium to the cooks to Rs.1500 a month in 2013-14 and Rs.2000 a month from 2015-16.
It is unfortunate that all the schemes of central government is proved to be flap show because of sheer corruption in the system and lackadaisical approach of bureaucrats in curbing the corruption which took the entire machinery under its grip. Whether the cooks are getting the Rs.1000 honorarium.