GUWAHATI: Recognising the invaluable contribution of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers in rural and community healthcare, the Assam cabinet, in a meeting in New Delhi on August 9, announced a transformative policy to express gratitude towards ASHA workers who have selflessly dedicated themselves to serving their communities for a minimum of 10 years.
Under this initiative, ASHA workers will be eligible for a one-time gratitude benefit of Rs 2 lakhs upon relinquishing their services at the age of 60. Similarly, ASHA supervisors will receive well-deserved recognition in the form of a one-time assistance amounting to Rs 3 lakhs upon retirement.
To ensure that these essential healthcare professionals can enjoy their well-deserved rest after years of tireless service, the decision also entails fixing the termination age for both ASHA workers and supervisors at 60 years.
Furthermore, even if an ASHA worker or supervisor decides to resign or voluntarily leave before attaining the age of 60 but has served continuously for at least ten years, they will still be eligible for a one-time gratitude benefit amounting to Rs 1 lakh.
Importantly, it is worth noting that even in unfortunate circumstances involving death while in service, the next-of-kin for both ASHA workers and supervisors will be able to avail benefits based on eligibility criteria set by the government.
ASHAs play an integral role as community health activists under India’s National Rural Health Mission initiated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Their efforts are crucial in bringing quality healthcare services closer to rural populations across Assam.
This latest announcement from the Assam government not only acknowledges their selfless dedication but also strives to motivate more individuals towards actively participating in grassroots healthcare initiatives.