ASHA workers break earthen pots in protest

Demand regular jobs for them, minimum Rs15,000 salary

ASHA workers break earthen pots in protest

Asha workers stage a protest at Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. They have been demanding regular jobs and better salaries for the past 15 years. Himanshu Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11

As the government ‘failed’ to fulfil their demands, ASHA workers staged a protest by breaking earthen pots at the Civil Hospital on Friday. Workers were demanding from the government to regularise their jobs, provide good salaries and ensure their daily attendance.

Provide smartphones to workers: Union

“As ASHA workers are conducting a survey of patients, they need to update the collected data online. Thus, the government should provide smartphones to all ASHA workers at the earliest. We have been staging protests for past several days but the government has failed to listen to our voice. If our demands are not met, we will be forced to intensify our agitation,” said president of the ASHA Workers’ Union Rajveer Kaur.

President of the ASHA Workers’ Union Rajveer Kaur said: “We have made many requests to the government to regularise our jobs but to no avail. We want that at least Rs 15,000 per month salary be paid to each Asha worker.”

“As the ASHA workers are conducting a survey of patients, they need to update the collected data online. Thus, the government should provide smartphones to all ASHA workers at the earliest. We have been staging protests for past several days but the government failed to listen to our voice. If our demands are not met, we will be forced to intensify our agitation,” she said.

There are a large number of ASHA workers in the district who are angry with the government for failing to regularise their jobs and fixing their monthly salary. The workers said they were performing their duty with dedication even during the pandemic but they were getting only low incentives for the same.

The workers had been demanding regularisation of jobs and good salaries for the past 15 years but the successive governments always ignore their voice, they said.

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