New Delhi: Coming as a good news for the ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers, the Rural Development Ministry is mulling over providing employment to these workers who for several years have been pleading with the Central Health ministry for regulation of their salaries and services.

The Rural Development Ministry in order to create awareness about its ‘Cleanliness Drive’ wants to rope in ASHA workers for the job. The ministry has also suggested a proposal for offering honorarium and salaries to the workers. 

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked the officials to prepare a detailed report on ASHA workers. The ministry has decided to make these workers a part of the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’. According to the proposal thousands of ASHA workers will be deployed in different villages to promote the cleanliness campaign of the ministry.

Ramesh has written a letter to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urging him to extend his support in this regard.

As per the NRHM scheme, educated women were deputed as health workers in the villages. ‘Asha didi’ is a well known face for the villagers. Unfortunately these workers are often not paid regular salaries or honorarium thereby degrading their motivational levels.

Facts reveal that about 8.5 lakh ASHA workers are deployed in villages. Time and again these workers have protested demanding salaries and honorarium but have failed to convince the Health Ministry.