ASHA, USHA workers stage sit-in for 6-point demands at Neelam Park

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2018 10:01:51


Staff Reporter,

A large number of ASHA (Accredited social health activists) and USHA workers staged sit-in for six point demands at Neelam Park on Saturday. The ASHA, USHA workers under the banner Usha Asha Sahiyogini Karyatakarta Sanghthan led by State Convenor Vibha Shrivastava gathered at Neelam Park at 11 am staging sit-in and shouted slogans for their six point demands. State President of the organisation, Vibha Shrivastava, has alleged that despite repeated memorandums to the government and administration representatives, the government is not paying any attention to their demands. Therefore, the members of the organisation have been forced to sit on fasting

They demanded that Asha Sahiyogi should get fixed honorarium of 15,000 per month and Asha workers should get Rs 10,000 per month. They also demanded that they should get benefits like that of State Government employees, separate health centers in each village needs to be opened, fix 30 days of honorarium to Asha Sahiyogi and also Rs 15,000 to Asha Associate and Rs 10,000 to Asha workers. The organisation is holding demonstration on May 5 and May 6 in Neelam Park. On the first day of the protest, many Asha workers started shouting slogans against the government for their demand. They also said that, if the government still does not pay attention to their demands, they will do hunger strike in the capital in the coming days.

They said that due to the significant contribution in maternal mortality, infant mortality rate, vaccination process is happening smoothly. All the workers are working in the remote villages, going home and facilitating the health service for 24 hours but still the government is not paying attention to their demands. Accredited social health activists (ASHAs) are community health workers instituted by the government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) as a part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). ASHAs are local women trained to act as health educators and promoters in their communities.

Their tasks include motivating women to give birth in hospitals, bringing children to immunisation clinics, encouraging family planning, surgical sterilisation, treating basic illness and injury with first aid, keeping demographic records, and improving village sanitation. ASHAs are also meant to serve as a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and rural population.

Notably, Bhind district Convenor Laxmi Kaurav was suspended from the position due to undisciplinary activities in the protest site. Usha Asha Sahiyogini Karyatakarta Sanghthan State Convener Vibha Shrivastava said that indiscipline of any member will not tolerated and further action will be taken after discussion with the other members of the organisation.