The Assam Government will hike the wages of the Mid-Day Meal workers of the Schools by Rs 500, announced Health, Finance and Education Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. Addressing a Press Meet in Guwahati on Monday, Sarma said, “The State Government will add additional Rs. 500 to the existing salary of the mid-day meal workers. Both the cook and helper will get these hiked Wages with effect from April 1. At present, they get Rs 1,000 per from the Government of India.” Sarma stated that there are 1,18,998 Mid-Day Meal staff in the State. The Finance Department has already approved the fund of Rs. 34 cr and 20 lakh for their wages. An annual cost of Rs. 60 cr has been earmarked for the initiative. The hiked wages for the period of April to October will be deposited to the Bank Accounts of the workers before the Durga Puja.