Wanaparthy: ASHA workers from across the State have decided to take their agitation for regularisation of their services and implementation of minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month to New Delhi on September 5, when thousands of ASHA workers are expected to go to Delhi from Telangana.
Several ASHA workers from Wanaparthy district sat on a dharna near district Collectorate on Friday, demanding that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao stand by his word and pay them salary as promised earlier.
For the past four years, ASHA workers across the State have been agitating for better pay and regularisation of their services.
“Even if we do three delivery cases in one month, we are being paid honorarium of Rs 1,100 for just one case. Immunisations, registration of pregnant women and many other services which we are providing are technically round-the-clock because we never know what time a delivery may happen. We are working more than any government employee, but we don’t have a regular salary, retirement benefits or any other benefits,” Girija, ASHA worker from Pedda Mandhadi told Telangana Today.
“Recently, workers with 10 years of experience and not in good health to continue their work are being sent away after paying them Rs 20,000,” she added.
One of their main demands is that they be paid honorarium for each and every case they deliver.