Unite to demand for rights, Vaidehi tells ASHA workers

Speaking on the occasion, writer Vaidehi stressed for the need to fight for rights and privileges. The haves and have-nots together struggle to get their shares irrespective of status. However, the deprived class should unite to demand their rights, she said.

The government behaves ruthless and biased at times. It offers up to Rs 90,000 salary to the parliamentarians and these workers who form an integral part of rural health system across the State are remunerated depending on their works. “We represent an insincere discriminated society. Struggle should be intensified to demand justice,” she added.

Karnataka State ASHA Workers Association State Secretary D Nagalaxmi said ASHA workers should be considered on par with the government employees. The mode of remuneration that is being followed at present is unscientific. There are as many as 39,000 workers across the State. The government has decided to provide pink colour sarees as uniform to ASHA workers along with cell phone charges. A proposal has been sent to the government for its approval. ASHA workers play a key role in rural areas offering their services to the needy, she said.

All India UTUC State Joint Secretary K V Bhat, District ASHA Worker Bharathi Ashok, Workers Bharathi Keshav, Prema, Asha Kedur and others were present.

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