Bhubaneswar: In a bid to lure voters ahead 2019 general elections, the State government is handing out sops to appease various sections working under government project. To appease the ASHA karmis working in both urban and rural areas, chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced one-time honorarium of Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 financial assistance for purchase of umbrella, shoes, bicycle, almirah and torch light required for their daily use.
“I am delighted that Odisha registered sharp decline in IMR and MMR and improvement in other health related issues,” said Chief Minister Patnaik in a release while lauding the ASHA workers for their dedication and selfless service.
More than 47,000 ASHA workers will be benefited once the declration came into effect.
The ASHA workers will receive the honorarium amount under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) after completing at least 10 years of service or get retired at the age of 62.
Earlier, the one-time honrarium assistance was Rs 10,000 under ASHA Abyahati Yojana.
The announcement was made in view of success rate in Odisha in decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) in the past decade.
In March, the State Government had announced fixed monthly remuneration of Rs 2,000 for ASHA karmis working across the State while launching ‘ASHA Matrutwa Yojana’ for their care during pregnancy and motherhood
Earlier, an ASHA worker was getting Rs 600 a month to ensure four ante-natal check-ups and facilitating institutional delivery in rural areas and Rs 400 in urban areas.