TURA, Sep 14: Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) took out a rally through the town of Tura on Friday over their demands for better compensation, pensions as well as release of pending dues owed to them by the state government.
The town of Tura saw an entire stream of ASHA workers rallying through the town before ending at the office of the deputy commissioner, WGH, Ram Singh, where they submitted a list of their demands.
The ASHA workers demanded a minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month, Rs 3000 as minimum pension as well as payment of pending incentives of Dalu, Resubelpara, Mendipathar, Rongjeng, Garobadha, Dadenggre, Dainadubi and Tura rural areas.
The workers, who were on strike with regard to their demands have called off the agitation after being given assurances. Dues to the ASHA workers have been pending for over 3 years in some cases and the workers have been on strike since August 20.
Confirming the receipt of the memorandum by the ASHA workers, West Garo Hills (WGH) district, Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh said, “We are assisting ASHAs in all the ways we can. I am personally monitoring all the incentives being transferred from the district via PFMS. Last week we held a meeting of BPM, accountants, banks to ensure no bottlenecks in the release of their incentives. Policy matters can be taken care by the state and central governments but all ASHAs are doing real hard work in remote and unconnected villages with dedication, despite facing hardships on their personal front. They should be paid at par with the dedication and hard work they put”.