Odisha CM announces substantial raise for ASHA workers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced an augmentation in the monthly wages for ASHA workers across the state. This move also includes a substantial raise in the termination incentive provided to these employees.
The decision stands to benefit a total of 49,522 ASHA workers operating within the state, marking a commendable step towards improving their livelihoods. The state government has earmarked an additional Rs 148.57 crore annually to facilitate this enhancement.
During recent district visits focused on 5T initiatives, along with Naveen Odisha Chairman VK Pandian, ASHA workers and their associations engaged in fruitful discussions. They raised pertinent concerns and submitted proposals advocating for an increase in their remuneration, which has now been addressed by the government.
The monthly remuneration for ASHA workers has been substantiallyraised from Rs 4,500 to Rs 7,000, reflecting a considerable boost in their income. Furthermore, the termination incentive, previously at Rs 50,000, has been significantly amplified to Rs 1 lakh. This substantial increase in benefits signifies a significant commitment from the state government, resulting in an annual expenditure surge from Rs 59.43 crore to Rs 208 crore.
Additionally, the state government has pledged to cover the service interruption assistance costs, amounting to Rs 55 lakh. ASHA workers play a pivotal role in providing essential support to pregnant women throughout their journey, from prenatal care to delivery.
They have been instrumental in raising awareness about various government schemes aimed at benefiting pregnant and postpartum women. Moreover, ASHA workers have been actively involved in facilitating vaccination drives and promoting institutional deliveries, showcasing their indispensable contribution to public health initiatives within the state.