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Asha workers to get Rs 10,000 to buy umbrella, shoe, cycle: CM

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Patnaik today announced that accredited social health activists (Asha) workers will get Rs 10,000 to buy umbrella, shoe, cycle, almirah and torch light.

This will benefit about 47,000 Asha workers in both rural and urban areas of the state.

Patnaik also announced an increase in the one-time honorarium for Asha workers to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000 under ASHA Abyahati Yojana.

The Asha workers get a monthly remuneration of Rs 2000 per month.

The Asha workers will receive the honorarium amount under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) after completing at least 10 years of service or on retirement at the age of 62.

The announcement was made as has registered a sharp decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the past decade.

The lauded the contribution of the Asha workers and said ""I am delighted that registered sharp decline in IMR and MMR and improvement in other health related issues."

The said the had addressed some of the grievances of the Asha workers and hoped that they will work with more dedication.

The Asha workers are demanding a monthly remuneration of Rs 18,000, regularisation of their service, pension, provident fund and gratuity.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:25 IST