ASHA workers stage protest in City

IRFAN RASHID
SRINAGAR:

Asha Workers Union Kashmir today staged a protest demonstration on Monday in Srinagar from SK Park to Press Colony to highlight their various grievances.
The protesting ASHA workers were holding placards and banners in their hands and raising slogans in support of their demands, like their recognition as employee, minimum wages, changing room, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, pre-paid mobile, uniforms and better service conditions.
Speaking to media, general secretary Rifat Ara highlighted the grievances of ASHA workers and said: “we have to work for at least 8 hours daily but are considered as voluntary health activists and are not paid even minimum wages.”
They demanded that considering the crucial nature of their job, ASHA workers should be regularized as health workers and paid the statutory minimum wages in the State.
They added that continuous struggles of ASHA and effective leadership and support of the Central Trade Union sunder the leadership of CITU have resulted in the recommendations of the 45th Indian Labour Conference that ASHA must be recognized as employees, be given  minimum wages and pension. But successive Governments have kept mum on this crucial question, they said.
They demanded implementation of Government of India’s order dated 3rd January 2014 for revision of incentive from 10000 to 16000 per year, implementation of minimum wages, payments on account of Janani Suraksha Yojana, coverage under Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, cash payment to beneficiaries, postnatal checkups, Immunization, Vaccine carrier, mobile charges, family planning, etc. They warned to intensify the struggle if their demands are not conceded.
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