‘Govt positive towards increasing payment of ASHA workers,’ states Maha Health Min

The government is positive towards increasing honourarium of Asha workers in the state and in a decision is this regard will be taken soon after discussions with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Finance Minister will be held soon

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This was stated by Maharashtra’s health minister Eknath Shinde while he was speaking at the meeting on various demands of Asha workers. The meeting held in the Mantralaya was attended by MLA Dr Nilam Gorhe, Janraj Chougule, Prakash Abitkar, Principal Secretary Health Dr Pradip Vyas, Jt Commissioner National Health Mission Dr Satish pawar, Additional director of Health Dr Archana Patil and office bearers of the Asha workers’ organization.

61,000 Asha workers are playing an important role in taking health care facilities to the rural people. Their work is laudable and through them healthcare can be reached in remote areas of the state.

To give justice to their work, the government is positively considering to increase their honourarium and wayout will be found out soon, the Health Minister said.

The ASHA workers should be provided masks and other material that can be used during the survey and examining patients, the Health Minister said.

The Asha Workers’ organisation demanded that they should be given Rs 10,000/- honourarium, mobile allowance, Diwali gift, and equal honourarium for delivery cases.

The Health Minister assured that he will discuss with the Chief Minister and Finance Minister in regard to this demands.

The meet to raise honourarium of doctors of flying squad in tribal areas.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister said that with the help of tribal development department efforts will be made to increase the honourarium of doctors of the flying squads in tribal areas. Positive decision will be taken to provide insurance cover to doctors in these squads, the Minister said.

The Health Minster conducted a meeting at Mantralaya to discuss the various problems of the flying squad doctors working in tribal areas. 281 doctors are working since 1995 under the Navsanjivanee scheme.

They are paid Rs 6,000 from tribal development department and Rs 18,000 from health department totalling to Rs 24,000. The doctors are demanding increase in tribal development department amount and the meeting discussed this issue.

The health minister said that with consultation with the tribal department the decision to increase the amount will be taken.

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