Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has warned Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA workers) of cutting their incentives if they don’t report back to work at the earliest. In a notice issued on January 4, the state government has directed all the ASHA workers to report back to the duty and present their reports of duty to the Deputy Commissioner of the respective District, failing which their monthly incentives will be cut down. The government has also asked the doctors and officials of primary healthcare centres to ask ASHA workers to work regularly and to reassure them that their demands will be met soon. With a demand for a fixed monthly honorarium of Rs 12,000 among others, hundreds of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) from across Karnataka held a massive protest here on January Clad in pink sarees, activities, who had descended on the city railway station from across the state, marched towards the Freedom Park here. Their protest march had led to traffic chaos in the citys central business district area. Their other demands include the immediate release of payments as most of them have not been paid properly for the past 15 months; and also delinking of the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) portal from ASHA Soft, the Centres online payment system for ASHAs.
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