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Odisha Government increase the one-time honorarium for ASHA workers to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000

Bhubaneswar:10/8/18: The State government today decided to increase the one-time honorarium for ASHA workers to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000 under the ASHA Abyahati Yojana.

The honorarium amount will be paid under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to ASHA workers who have completed at least 10 years of service or get retired at the age of 62.

Besides, financial assistance of Rs 10,000 will be given to the each ASHA worker to buy umbrella, bicycle, almirah and rechargeable torchlight.

“Each ASHA worker will be provided Rs 10,000 one-time financial grant which will be remitted directly to their bank accounts,” said Shalini Pandit, Odisha Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM).

With this decision, as many as 47,000 ASHA workers working in rural and urban areas of the State will be benefitted.

ASHA workers are getting conditional remuneration of Rs 2,000 per month effective from April 1 this year for discharging five mandatory and four assured activities.

“Keeping in view the ensuing polls, the State government is making announcements only. If they want ASHA workers to be happy, the government should provide them monthly remuneration,” said Golak Mohapatra, spokesperson, Odisha BJP.

Toeing similar lines, leader of State Mahila Congress, Sasmita Behera said, “This announcement is only a gimmick ahead of the polls. Now the State government is utilising taxpayers’ money strategically for poll campaigning.”

Declining the charges BJD spokesperson, Sasmit Patra said, “This is a very people-friendly measure. Therefore Opposition is envious of the ruling party. They are unnecessarily raking up the issue.”

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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