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Odisha CM Announces Rs 20,000 One-Time Honorarium, Rs 10,000 Financial Assistance For ASHA Workers

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10 August 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced one-time honorarium of Rs 20,000 and also Rs 10,000 financial assistance for ASHA workers for purchase of umbrella, bicycle, torch and other articles. The incentives will benefit over 47,000 ASHA Karmis working across the State, especially in the rural pockets.

This important announcement was made by the Chief Minister during his Ama Mukhya Mantri Ama Katha programme.

During the video conferencing, the Odisha CM announced, “The ASHA Karmis (workers) play a pivotal role in healthcare service. Especially in the rural areas, their service in helping the women and children as well as making people aware of health and hygiene is commendable. Due to them, Odisha has made a mark in the nation in checking infant and maternal mortality rates significantly.”

“The ASHA Karmis have several problems. Some of their demands have already been fulfilled by the Government last year. Today I also want to announce that the State Government will extend Rs 10,000 financial assistance to each of them for purchase of umbrella, bicycle, torch and other articles,” the CM announced.

He added, “Besides, their one-time honorarium has been enhanced to Rs 20,000. I believe the ASHA Karmis will work more dedicatedly and help in providing better healthcare service to the rural populace,”

Briefing media National Health Mission (NHM) Odisha Mission Director Shalini Pandit said, “Over 47,000 ASHA Karmis across Odisha deliver their services to the mothers, children and protect people from various diseases day and night even amid bad weather conditions.”

She informed, “Realising their dedicated services, our Chief Minister announced that each ASHA will be provided with their several facilities like steel almirah, ladies bicycle, chappal, umbrella and rechargeable torch. For this purpose, each will be provided with Rs 10,000 grant which will be remitted directly to their bank accounts.”

“Besides this, after the ASHA retires from job attaining 62 years, she will now be entitled to an enhanced one-time honorarium of Rs 20,000 which was earlier Rs 10,000,” the NHM Odisha Mission Director informed further.

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Shalini Pandit, Mission Director, NHM, Odisha

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha