The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday issued the Government Order (GO) enhancing the salary of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) working in the Health, Medical and Family Welfare (HM&FW) Department, from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 per month. The revised salary comes into effect from August 1, 2019.
The previous government led by TDP paid an honorarium of Rs 3,000 per month to the ASHAs and performance-based incentive, which totalled to Rs 8,600. However, the present government increased it to Rs 10,000.
The GO states that all District Health and Medical officers, as well as the state’s finance department, have been notified about the same.
Increasing the salary of the ASHA workers was one of the poll promises made by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
After becoming the CM, Jagan conducted his first review meeting in June and announced that he would stick to his poll promise and increase their salaries. The CM also said that he would give a facelift to the medical and health departments and improve the medical facilities.
In his manifesto, he had also promised that his government would restore the ‘past glory’ of 108 ambulance services introduced during former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy's regime.
Jagan had claimed that the condition of government hospitals during the last five years has been ‘pathetic’. He has also formed a committee to revamp the medical and health department.
In his first speech as the Chief Minister, Jagan had spoken about making the government corruption-free and providing jobs to the unemployed youth in the state. His focus was also on the Navaratnalu (Nine Gems) welfare schemes that he had promised during his campaign.
Immediately after taking charge as the CM, Jagan had signed his first document increasing the monthly old-age pension up to Rs 2,500.