KALAIGAON, Aug 31 - Alleging the government�s failure to implement their long-pending demands, hundreds of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) of Udalguri district staged a protest at Udalguri on August 30 with daylong programme.
ASHAs from all the places of the district joined the protest held in front of the Deputy Commissioner�s office at Udalguri and submitted a memorandum to the State government through the Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri.
A thousand-strong rally walked through the streets of the town with activists shouting slogans and holding placards in support of their long-pending demands. Anju Daimari, president of Udalguri district ASHA Karmi Santha, told mediapersons that ASHAs had been deprived of various facilities as promised by the government.
The State government announced payment of Rs 1,000 per month to ASHAs in 2013 which has never been implemented till now, she added. They demand the government to release the amount with effect from 2013.
The ASHAs have been receiving an amount of Rs 600 only for each patient admitted to the government hospitals. They also threatened to intensify their protests if their demands are not fulfilled before September 12.