Asha Workers’ plight: Govt releases Rs 1.60 cr for clearing pending incentives

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Health Minister AL Hek on Monday informed that the government has already released Rs 1.60 crore for clearing the pending incentives to ASHA workers in the state.

 “The amount was sanctioned up to May this year and it has already credited to all district health society accounts,” Hek told reporters.

 Asked on the agitation called by the ASHA workers against the non-payment of their incentives, the minister however said, “It may be because the concerned authority is yet to disbursed the incentives but the government has already released the incentives.”

 

Hek said the incentives for the ASHA workers were also released in three installments adding Rs 1,000 for ASHA workers and Rs 500 for the ASHA facilitators.  

 

He said the first installment of Rs 4.17 crore was released for the month of April to September, 2020 and the second installment of Rs 4.17 crore was for the month of October, 2020 to March 2021 while the third installment was of Rs 1.60 crore for April to May, 2021.

 The MAWU has called for an indefinite strike from June 19, against non-payment of their incentives besides demanding to increase their honorarium from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 per month.