July 20, 2018 08:05 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana Government has made substantial increase in the Comprehensive Incentive Package for ASHA workers which will result in an additional liability of 104 crore on the State Budget. The earlier liability was Rs 57 crore which will increase to 161 crore after the enhancement. Disclosing this here today, Haryana Health Minister, Mr Anil Vij said that guidelines related to ASHA incentives has been issued to all civil surgeons. He said that all ASHA workers should resume their duties with immediate effect, so that they can provide health services to general public especially to the pregnant women and children. He said that Haryana is the first state in the country to give highest rate of incentives to ASHA workers.

Their Monthly fixed honorarium has been increased from Rs 1000 to Rs 4000. The revised provision for facilitating institutional deliveries of pregnant women belonging to general category would be Rs 300 per case as against existing provision of Rs 200 per case. Additional 50 per cent incentive of monthly earnings under National Health Mission would be continued as per existing norms. He said that in addition, the State government has also enhanced incentive rates for five major ASHA workers activities.

In the cases of Institutional delivery of Jananai Suraksha Yojna (JSY) for Rural, the incentive is increased from Rs. 300 to Rs. 400, and for urban from Rs. 200 to Rs. 300. Similarly, incentive for Routine Immunization of Children has been increased from Rs. 150 to Rs. 250, for Ante natal care (ANC) check up of pregnant women from Rs. 250 to Rs. 350, incentive for home based post natal care of newborn and mothers after delivery from Rs 250 to Rs 350 and for promoting spacing between births incentive has been raised from Rs 500 to Rs 550. He said that besides, other monetary and non-monetary benefits had also been approved by the State Government. Weightage would be given to eligible ASHA in the appointments or engagement of regular or contractual Multi-purpose Health Worker (Female) and staff nurses. An ex-gratia grant to the tune of Rs. 3 lakh would be given to the family of deceased ASHA from State Plan Budget with effect from April 1, 2018, he added.

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