LAKHIMPUR: The ASHA workers have declared stir against the alleged unmoved attitude on the part of the State Government towards fulfilling their long-pending demands. In this connection, the ASHA workers will abstain from their regular services from January 6 to January 20.
Notably, the ASHA workers have rendered their services devotionally and dedicatedly under the Health Department of the State Government for the last 15 years. According to the ASHA workers' association, at present they have been imposed 72 duties to perform against a nominal amount of remuneration. Under such circumstances, the ASHA workers have raised six demands in front of the State Government for their betterment. The ASHA workers' association has demanded the government to submit the proposal to Union Government for their permanent appointment, to initiate move to grant adequate amount of salary for their services, to release their arrears as declared by the State Government vide letter No. NRHM/ASHA/205-06/108ptiv/1442, which was pending from 2013 to 2017, to release the full amount of Rs. 10,000 granted by Sanitation Committee to each respective area of the ASHA workers, to allot the health cards to ASHA workers under Atal Amrit Yojana and Ayushman Bharat Yojana and to scrap the order for retirement of ASHA workers above 60 years of age.
But the State Government has allegedly turned a deaf ear to these demands despite the consecutive prayers and petition and stir initiated by the ASHA workers.