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Hooda announces allowance hike for ASHA workers

punjab Updated: Jan 01, 2014 23:33 IST
HT Correspondent

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday announced a fixed remuneration of Rs 500 plus a 50 % hike in the incentives to all ASHA workers, who are nearly 17,000 in numbers.

Addressing mediapersons, Hooda said the ASHA (health) workers who carried about 55 types of works in the central and state government health schemes - from vaccination to mother and child health care - would get a 50% hike in the incentives. The ASHA workers got different amount of incentives (remunerations) for different types of works they undertook.

Hooda said the 50 % hike in their incentives would be besides a fixed amount of Rs 500, which was not there till now. The hikes would be implemented with immediate effect.

Spelling out various welfare schemes, Hooda reiterated that all the announcements made by him at the Gohana rally had been implemented from Wednesday - the first day of the New Year - which included hike in salaries and allowances for government employees, including police personnel and sanitary workers.

Hooda held that the state had witnessed inclusive growth pan-Haryana during the past about nine years of the Congress rule even as the process to give government jobs for over 65,000 as well as 2 lakh youths in the private sector was underway.

Meanwhile, Hooda flagged off the Haryana Vikas Sandesh Rath Yatra from his residence. The aim of the yatra was to apprise people about the welfare policies and programmes of the state government as well as the benefits of various announcements made by the chief minister at the Gohana Rally.

The yatra after passing through various districts of the state would conclude at Hooda's residence at Delhi on January 8 where the yatra would be received by Rohtak member of Parliament Deepender Hooda.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda described AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi as a strong candidate for the post of prime minister and said in his personal opinion Gandhi would be the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections slated to be held this year.

Replying to another query of mediapersons, he said the present state government would complete its full tenure and the elections for the state assembly would be held on scheduled time.