Punjab govt hikes wages of ASHA workers by Rs 1,000

Chandigarh/January 9
Punjab government on Thursday gave its approval to hike wages of ASHA workers by Rs 1,000 and the decision is likely to benefit 16,000 ASHA workers of the state.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod for implementing the hike in their incentives by Rs 1000 after a meeting with the representatives of the ASHA workers here today.
Badal also directed the Health and Family Welfare department officials to implement the decision with immediate effect and asked the Health department to make provisions for rest rooms of ASHA workers in every government hospital of the state so that they could perform their duty effectively.
He further asked the officers to explore the feasibility for providing Insurance Cover and Health care facilities to these workers in the state and he also asked the Health department to take up the matter of providing Mobile allowance to these workers, with the Union government.
Badal also directed the Health department to provide cloth for uniforms to these workers along with the money to get their uniforms stitched. Likewise, he also asked the officers of the Health department to ensure that these workers should get their incentives on a fixed date through the banks.