ASHA workers protest, demand hike in honorarium

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 10: Scores of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAS’) today protested here, demanding an increase in their monthly honorarium and the regularization of services.
The workers gathered at Press Colony under the banner of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Jammu and Kashmir State Committee and sought quick settlement of their long-pending demands.
“We find it difficult to fathom the government’s apathetic attitude toward us. Despite the odds, we have been providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a pittance. The government has made promises before and failed to keep them, “Gulshan Ara, an ASHA worker, said, adding that if their pending wages are not released, they will cease working.
The workers urged that the Minimum Wage Act be implemented immediately. “The Act should be implemented immediately, and our monthly honorarium should be increased to at least Rs. 21000 per month,” another worker said.
The protestors also requested that workers be entitled to full social security benefits and urged the government to provide appropriate funding for welfare systems.