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Odisha CM announces financial assistance for ASHA workers

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced financial assistance and one-time honorarium for accredited social health activists (ASHAs).

According to reports, Patnaik, during his Ama Mukhya Mantri Ama Katha programme, announced financial assistance of Rs 10,000 for the health workers to buy umbrella, shoe, cycle, almirah and torch light.

He also announced hike of the one-time honorarium to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000 under ASHA  Abyahati Yojana for them which they will receive under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) after completing at least 10 years of service or on retirement at the age of 62.

“The ASHA Karmis (workers) play a pivotal role in healthcare service. Especially in the rural areas, their service in helping the women and children as well as making people aware of health and hygiene is commendable. Due to them, Odisha has made a mark in the nation in checking infant and maternal mortality rates significantly,” said the CM.

The incentives will benefit over 47,000 ASHA Karmis working in both rural and urban areas of the state.

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