Prime News, National, New Delhi, October 10:- Union Cabinet has doubled honorarium for 10 lakh accredited social health activist (ASHA) workers from the existing Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 per month.
Briefing media persons after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has also decided to provide other benefits to ASHA workers in addition to the hike in their monthly honorarium.
Javadekar said the government will open 40,000 wellness centres across the country this year under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
The government also announced five per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) for central government employees and pensioners. Javadekar said, it will benefit 50 lakh central government employees and 65 lakh pensioners. He described it as a Diwali gift from the government, and added that this will be paid from July this year.
The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the PM-Kisan scheme. The relaxation will be till November 30 this year. The scheme provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)