Nalgonda, Suryapet Asha workers celebrate salary hike

Asha workers employed in Nalgonda and Suryapet districts thanked Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for increasing their salaries

By Author  |  Published: 6th May 2017  6:39 pm
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Asha workers celebrate salary hikes by playing Bathukamma at Chityal on Saturday.

Nalgonda/Suryapet: Thanking Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for announcing Rs 6,000 salary per month, Asha workers showed their gratitude to the CM in various forms across Nalgonda and Suryapet districts.

In Kethepally of Nalgonda district, the Asha (accredited social health activists) workers performed ‘pushpabhishekam’ to the portrait of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at a primary health centre (PHC). They raised slogans praising the Chief Minister for his gesture towards the health workers.

In Chityal of Nalgonda district, the Asha workers played Bathukamma expressing happiness over the announcement by the Chief Minister. They also performed ‘ksheerabhishekam’ to the portrait of KCR. The workers took out a rally raising slogans thanking the Chief Minister.
In Suryapet, Asha workers took out a rally from DM and HO office at Area Hospital. The rally of Asha workers displayed excitement as the participants played ‘kolatam’ and sang folk songs. Earlier, they performed ‘ksheerabhishekam’ to the portrait of the Chief Minister.

Asha workers perform ‘pushpabhishekam’ to the portrait of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Kethepally in Nalgonda on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, an Asha worker Swathi said that hike in salary to Rs 6,000 per month, which was announced by the Chief Minister, was a joyous occasion in the lives of the Asha workers in the State.

The Asha workers performed ‘ksheerabhishekam’ to KCR’s portrait at primary health centres in all mandal headquarters across the district.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister on Friday announced that Asha workers, who are rendering health services for a salary of Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 per month, would get Rs 6,000 per month and hiked salary would be paid from this month to them.

However, the CM in an official statement, said the hike was only the first phase of increase and by next budget their salaries would be hiked again to get them on par with Anganwadi workers. He also announced that the Asha workers who had eligible qualification would be given preferences in appointment as ANMs.

He said the workers would be made partners in protecting health in the State and they would be paid comfortable salaries. The CM said officials would be instructed not to entrust the Asha workers with any other job other than health-related work. They would be pulled out of bonded labour and would be treated with dignity, he added.