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After working for a year in pandemic, ASHA workers demand regularization

Last Updated on June 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm

A protest was held by a group of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers at Sub District hospital (SDH) Bhaderwah over inadequate salary and lack of safety measures required for Covid-19 as well as lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits.

Protest was held against higher-ups for not increasing their wages as well as not maintaining any safety  measures related to Covid-19. Dozens of ASHA workers gathered at SDH Bhaderwah to protest.

Rinku Devi President, Rozy Begum General Secretary, Nustrat Begum, Sushma Devi and other leaders of ASHA workers said that they want an increase in their wages and regularization of their services as all workers are doing their duties in pandemic wholeheartedly without any fear alongwith doctors and other paramedical staff.

Rinku Devi said that they are protesting because they want an increase in their monthly honorariums and proper safety measures needed for Covid-19. Further she said “No one is paying heed to our demands. The UT government has not paid any attention to us despite them working at the front against Covid-19 like other frontline workers”.

ASHA workers informed that since past one year they have been working at the front and handling Covid-19 patients and most of the tracing is done by them. Even though they have not been provided with proper safety measures that is must to take for Covid-19.