The all-India massive women-led force that has been playing one of the most crucial roles in a pandemic is fighting for their basic right -- their official compensation of ₹6000 a month. These are the medical frontliners who collect door-to-door data on Covid, provide services in the hospitals and improve hyper-local sanitisation.
Imagine undertaking these activities with no pay, no compensation, and putting your life at risk daily -- that is the reality for ASHA workers today. They need our support more than ever right now. Sign the petition asking the Health and Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan to look into the demands on an urgent basis:
- Release ₹5000 as Covid Relief package
- Release the pending remuneration of ₹6,000
- Supply masks, hand sanitizers, gloves, and necessary safety equipment
- Minimum of ₹25,000 medical compensation for Asha workers
- Release ₹50 lakh insurance compensation for the families of ASHA workers who had succumbed during 2019's Covid Wave
- Provide a government order copy for tasks designated to ASHA Workers
Apart from being denied their basic compensation, ASHA workers have encountered episodes of being yelled at by the same people they support. Let’s not forget this is the force checking up on midnight calls of neighborhood reporting cases -- they are on the ground round the clock. We need to ensure the protection of the ASHA workers during this health crisis.
Throughout history, women have played an important role as health workers in war zones and world crises. In India, these community health workers will be remembered for their courage and work on the ground. Let’s do our bit to ensure that they stay healthy and protected. Sign the petition today.