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Govt rules out monthly salaries to ASHA workers

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - The State government today said there was no question of giving monthly salaries to ASHA workers in lieu of the incentivised pay they are getting now.

�The ASHA workers are recruited as voluntary workers and providing them salaries would defeat the objective of their institution,� Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly today in response to a question by MLA Abul Kalam Rashid Alam.

Though the Minister admitted that the monthly remuneration of Rs 1,000 which ASHA workers get is less, he said that many volunteers are getting Rs 18,000 a month through different incentives.

�There are 31,900 ASHA workers. On an average an ASHA worker is getting Rs 5,400, depending on various incentives provided for attending different tasks,� he said.

The workers also get medical assistance of Rs 25,000 every year and in case of accidental deaths, an assistance grant of Rs 1 lakh is given to their kin.

MLAs cutting across party lines favoured a hike in the monthly remuneration of Rs 1,000 given to the community health workers.

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