The Asha (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers from all districts of Punjab held a state-level protest at Chhatar Singh Park on Monday.
The Asha workers burnt an effigy of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, alleging that the minister refused to regularise their jobs in Parliament.
Talking to Newsline, Sukhdeep Kaur, president of Asha Workers’ Union (CITU), said, “We spent our lives serving the rural population and it is a 24-hour job. We are paid as low as Re 1 for giving one ORS packet to patients and on the top of it, the health minister said in Parliament that our jobs can never be regularised. We want health ministry to give us a monthly salary as at present we are getting no salary and only incentives.”
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She said that the ministry should regularise posts of all Asha workers and promote eligible ones to posts of auxiliary nursing wives.