Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Security Measures for Asha Workers during COVID-19

Posted On: 09 FEB 2021 12:35PM by PIB Delhi

Under the National Health Mission, ASHAs are envisaged to be community health volunteer and are entitled only to task/activity based incentives.  In FY 2018-19 the Union Cabinet revised the amount of incentive for ASHAs from  Rs 1000  to 2000 per month. 

In addition to routine and recurring incentives,   many States/UTs have also introduced fixed monthly honorarium for ASHAs from their respective States/UTs budget. The  details for which are given  in Annexure I.

The Government of India has been taking various measures to empower and secure the working of ASHAs from time to time.

In the year 2018, the ASHA benefit package was introduced acknowledging significant contribution and commitment of ASHAs. The package provides coverage for :-

 

  • Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti BeemaYojana (premium of Rs. 330 contributed by GOI)
  • Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana (premium of Rs. 12 contributed by GOI)
  • Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan Dhan Yojana (50% contribution of premium by GOI and 50% by beneficiaries)

 

Moreover, under the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, Insurance Scheme has been introduced for all health workers, including ASHAs.  This insurance scheme provides an insurance cover of Rs. 50 Lakh  in case of loss of life on account of COVID related duty.

Besides the above, States/UTs have been asked to ensure provision of safety tools like masks and sanitizers for ASHAs.

The ASHAs are also empowered by enhancing their competency and professional  credibility through certification program &36,544 ASHAs have been certified till 5th February, 2021 under the program.   

 

 

ANNEXURE-I

A statement showing State-wise details of number of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) deployed for containing local transmission of COVID-19 and number of them who were made available with Personal Protective equipment (PPE) Kits

 State/ UT

Total No. of ASHAs in position

Number of ASHAs deployed for containing local transmission of COVID-19

Number of PPE Kits made available to ASHAs whoever assigned duties in containment zone

Arunachal Pradesh

4040

2753

6560

Assam

32546

32546

13455

Andhra Pradesh*

42752

42752

All 42752 ASHAs were provided with N95 masks, & sanitizers.

Bihar

87573

81351

81351

Chhattisgarh

72048

69934

69934

Delhi

5997

5008

5008

Gujarat*

43116

43116

All 43116 ASHAs  were provided with N95 masks and sanitizers.

Haryana

20268

20268

5250

Himachal Pradesh

7834

7834

7834

Jharkhand

39964

39964

900

Karnataka*

41683

41452

All ASHAs were provided with sanitizers, face mask, face shield as per guidelines

Kerala

26310

25798

1177

Madhya Pradesh

63336

49603

22610

Maharashtra

68024

67396

68351

Manipur

4009

3815

4009

Meghalaya

6804

5886

6804

Mizoram

1091

1091

1091

Nagaland*

2007

1845

1845 ASHAs were provided with masks and sanitizers.

Odisha

46782

46782

46782

Punjab

19841

19764

19764

Rajasthan

52248

48600

5881

Sikkim*

676

676

All 676 ASHAs were provided with masks, gloves and sanitizers.

Tamil Nadu

2650

2650

2650

Telangana*

27040

27040

All 27040 ASHAs were provided with N95 masks, sanitizer and head gear.

Tripura*

7638

7638

All 7638 ASHAs were provided with N95 masks, sanitizers  & head gear

Uttar Pradesh*

154722

154722

All 154722 ASHAs were provided with N95 masks & sanitizers.

Uttarakhand

11899

11899

11899

West Bengal

53553

53553

27526

Andaman &Nicobar Islands

422

292

292

Daman and Diu

105

105

105

Dadar& Nagar Haveli

334

334

334

Puducherry*

316

316

All 316 ASHAs were given masks, cap, sanitizers  & gloves.

Ladakh

539

539

1200

Jammu and Kashmir

12421

11775

5566

Lakshadweep

102

0

Not applicable since ASHAs were not deployed for containing local transmission of COVID-19 as no cases of COVID 19 were reported till December, 2020.

Total

960690

929097

 

416333

 

Note :  *As reported by   respective States/UTs, ASHAs were engaged in survey, referral and IEC activities during COVID-19  pandemic, therefore, they were provided with sanitizers , face masks etc. 

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today.

 

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MV/SJ



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