NILAMBAZAR, June 28 - ASHA workers of the State have demanded an increase in their remuneration to at least Rs 15,000.
ASHA workers from different parts of the State raised this demand at a convention organised by the All Assam ASHA Workers, Karimganj district unit, at the conference hall of the Karimganj municipality office.
The ASHA workers demanded the immediate withdrawal of cases filed against a large numbers of ASHA workers, and also opposed the citizenship Bill. The workers resolved to submit a memorandum to the Health Minister for fulfilment of their demands.
Several speakers spoke about the present BJP-led Central and State government, which they alleged were working against the interests of the poor.
The convention, presided over by Hafss Begum, was attended by hundreds of ASHA workers from across the State.
The speakers said the government was trying to stifle democratic agitations, and reminded that ASHA workers had launched a public movement at Karimganj in 2014 over their demands. The workers continued the agitation for 13 days and withdrew it only after a commitment from the health services authorities. However, the speakers said, it was unfortunate that their minimum demands were yet to be fulfilled.
Chandan Chakrabarty, Karimganj CPI secretary, AITUC Assam unit Secretary Romen Das, and others spoke on the occasion.