ASHA workers protest seeking better salary package

Mysuru, June 30:- AIUTUC led a protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office here on Tuesday (June 30), urging the government to pay a monthly salary of Rs 12,000 to accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers and equip them with health gadgets.

The protesters said that they are observing statewide protest to meet their demands. If the government doesn’t yield, ASHA workers threatened to intensify their protests from July 10.

They requested the government to provide necessary health kits to all the ASHA workers and also necessary salary package.  They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner to be forwarded to the government. They warned of statewide protests in the next 7 days.

They said that ASHA workers worked hard during the Covid-19 lockdown period and accused the government of not providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE) kits. “We have been working without the minimum salary (Rs 12,000) that we have been demanding for a long time. We need health check-up for all ASHA workers and free treatment for anyone who tests positive.” They requested the government to provide face masks, hand gloves, face shield and sanitisers.

District secretary of AITUC Chandrashekar Meti, district committee president Shubhamangala, Bhagya, Sunitha, Komala and others were present. (MR/KS)

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