ASHA seek 'Group D' tag

Fix minimum wages for the social health activists

ASHA seek 'Group D' tag

Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya speaking at district-level convention of  Accredited Social Health Activists in Mangalore on Wednesday. DH photo

The activists kept forth their various demands during the district-level convention held at NGO hall Mangalore on Wednesday.

State Composite ASHA Volunteers’ Association State Secretary D Nagalakshmi said that though the State Government has employed ASHAs for effective implementation of National Rural Health Mission, it has not spared a thought on providing facilities to the activists, which are provided to other Government employees.

“Till our demands are fulfilled, Government must fix minimum wages for the activists as stipulated by the 15th Indian Labour Conference,” she said.

Uniform and free mobiles for the activists, provide proper stay facilities and food for the activists in case they have to stay with the patient in the hospital, release arrears to the activists immediately without any further delay are some of the demands kept forth by the activists.

Nagalakshmi said that the activists despite functioning under difficult circumstances have rendered valuable and sincere service. “The proof of their sincere service is the fall in Infant Mortality Rate and Mother Mortality Rate after volunteers started working. Yet Government is harassing them unnecessarily by not releasing their honourarium,” she said.

Earlier, addressing the gathering renowned doctor Srinivas Kakkilaya shed light on the faulty medical care facilities of the Government. Citing example of how homeopathy medicines were distributed among people to prevent Chikungunya and swine flu, Dr Kakkilaya said that the Government had no answer when it was questioned about the study which proved that homeopathy had the power to resist Chikungunya. “Without any proof and report, the Government spent over Rs 5 lakh in the district behind Ayush medicine,” he added.

He opined that after selling our land, water and air to Multinational Companies, Government is now selling our population to pharmaceutical companies to test various medicines.

He took on Central Government and Medical Council of India directly for making medical education a business and said that Rs 50 crore in hand means a MBBS degree and about Rs 1 crore can buy a MD degree, without and weight to the intelligence and capability of the candidate.

All India UTUC State Joint Secretary K V Bhat, Akhila Bharath Mahila Sanskriti Sanghatane State Committee Member Sandhya, State Composite ASHA Volunteers’ Association District Co-ordinator Yoashodha Muralidhar and others were present.

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