The Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers will chalk out future course of action to secure their demand for increased pay.
The ASHAs, who have been holding protests around the Khasi-Jaintia Hills since earlier this month, ended the peace rally at Malki ground here today.
Meghalaya Accredited Social Health Activist Workers’ Union (MASHAWU) President M. June Myrching said the workers will not surrender if the government fails to address their grievance.
She said that the government is paying them Rs 2,000 which amounts to just Rs 66 per day. “Let me also remind the Health Minister that the state government has given us a fixed honorarium of Rs 2,000 after it has taken away the ABF/MBBS benefits, which was not cleared for the past many years,” she added.
The government has so far been unwilling to grant higher honorariums to the community health workers but has repeatedly pointed out that, with incentives, ASHAs can earn several thousands of rupees per month on top of their standard pay of Rs 2,000.
The ASHA union will hold another meeting tomorrow.