Andhra Pradesh state health workers held a huge protest in Vijayawada on Monday demanding the ruling government to fulfill their poll promise to hike the salaries to 10,000 from earlier 3,000 per month.
The Accredited Social Health (ASHA) Workers and Community health workers from all the districts held demonstrations at Lenin Centre. They demanded Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy that the government pay honorarium that has been pending for over 4 months now.
During the padayatra of Jagan Mohan Reddy before elections, he promised to hike their salaries from Rs 3,000 per month to Rs 10,000 per month. The workers said they were not yet paid the salary hike promised to them.
They alleged that the government is categorizing the employees into grades- A, B, C based on the various services they provide. The workers who fall into the B and C category are not receiving Rs 10,000 salary as was promised.
Hundreds of workers were disappointed as they have voted for YSRCP hoping better prospects at work. Police detained some people on Sunday who were coming from Vishakapatnam to take part in the demonstrations in Vijayawada.
The salary of ASHA workers comprises two components- a fixed amount and an honorarium paid depending on the services they provide.
The previous government led by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) made similar promises. TDP promised to increase the salary of health workers from Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,000. But similar categorization took place and eventually no ASHA worker received a salary of Rs 6,000.