More than 42,000 acknowledged social well being employees (ASHA employees) deployed throughout Karnataka, primarily as frontline warriors within the ongoing epidemic Kovid-19, have alleged that they haven’t been paid for the final two months.
According to D Nagalakshmi, the state secretary of the Karnataka State Samyukta Asha Karyakar Sangh, the employees haven’t been paid by the federal government for greater than two months. “The fastened honorarium of Rs 4,000, which in itself is an inadequate quantity, has not been paid since March. Every time we protest, other than the declaration of false guarantees, we’ll receives a commission for 3 months.
Nagalakshmi stated that she had submitted an enchantment to the state well being commissioner, the director of the National Health Mission (NHM) and the officer in command of the state’s ASHA program.
Meanwhile, Fatima, an ASHA employee working for the BBMP, pointed to the dearth of private protecting gear (PPE) kits, gloves and masks offered to them. “While doctors and other paramedical staff wear PPE kits before interacting with Kovid patients, we are not even given proper masks, forget good quality PPE kits. We are often neglected like we were last year, ”he stated.
ASHA employees have been deployed to conduct door-to-door surveys of sufferers affected by influenza-like sickness (ILI) and extreme acute respiratory sickness (SARI), in order that medicines and covid kits will be distributed to sufferers, so that individuals of an infection To be taken to well being facilities doubtful. , And figuring out the first and secondary contacts of every constructive case.
D Umadevi, an activist from Yadgiri, stated that she was pressured to work along with such specified duties. “We are now also forced to work in shifts at various vaccination centers, and are said to conduct a swab test of Kovid-suspected patients. Sometimes when we miss extra tasks, we are asked to leave by our superiors, ”she stated.
ASHA employees have now demanded the federal government to outline their roles and duties. “We should be provided with a copy of the government order defining our role to avoid unnecessary confusion,” stated Umadevi.
At the identical time, Ok Somasekhar Yadagiri, the state president of the Asha Karyakari Sangh affiliated to the All India United Trade Union Center (AIUTUC), stated that at the least 20 to 40 employees in every district have been contracting the transition at frequent intervals. “It is imperative that we join the list of frontline warriors identified by the state government to get the Rs 5,000 Kovid Risk Allowance,” he stated. He additionally urged the federal government to take steps to make sure insurance coverage compensation of Rs 50 lakh to those that died of the virus from final 12 months.
Meanwhile, ASHA employees within the state boycotted their duties on Monday to take part in a nationwide on-line protest organized by the All India Committee of the All India Planning Workers Union.
Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy urged the state authorities to swiftly resolve all the problems they’re dealing with to be able to improve the calls for made by the activists.
Hardly 50 % of ASHA employees within the state have obtained honorarium within the final three months. 16 employees died as a result of Kovid, however the authorities has given compensation of Rs 50 lakh to just one, forgetting the others, ”stated Kumaraswamy.
However, Health and Medical Education Minister Ok Sudhakar claimed that the arrears of ASHA employees have already been paid in 17 districts of the state. “They (ASHA employees) are often paid within the first week of each month. We have already paid the ASHA employees in 17 districts and can full it within the remaining (13) districts inside two days, “he told reporters in Bengaluru and said,” The central authorities has been requested on points associated to the revised fee to them. ” Should be discussed together. Because they fall under NHM. “
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS