Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha Saturday doled out largesse to Anganwadi workers in the state.

The chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, while hailing the Anganwadi workers for playing a significant role in care and protection of women and children, hiked their honorarium and retirement age.

Anganwadi workers in the state would now get Rs 7,500 per month as against Rs 6,000 drawing now. The mini- Anganwadi workers would get Rs 5,375 per month as against Rs 4,125 drawing now. The Anganwadi helpers will now receive Rs 3,750 against Rs 3,000 per month earlier.

The hike will come into effect retrospectively from Oct 1, 2018.

The retirement age of the Anganwadi workers has been increased to 62 years from 60 years.

The chief minister said that the Anganwadi workers would be given a lump-sum incentive of Rs 20,000 and mini-Anganwadi workers Rs 15,000 while helpers would get Rs 10,000 at the time of their retirement at the age of 62.

He also announced a 15-day summer vacation for them and filling of 50% posts of supervisors from Anganwadi workers.