Photos: ASHA workers seek better pay for helping Delhi fight Covid-19

Foot soldiers of Delhi’s battle against the coronavirus, ASHA workers in the capital are fighting a battle of their own – that of better remuneration. ASHA workers put in long hours while conducting door-to-door surveys, screening patients in home isolation or at testing centres but are paid just Rs 4,000 per month as basic salary. The Delhi Asha Workers’ Association (DAWA) has given several representations to CM Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain, requesting that the workers be paid Rs 10,000 per month during the pandemic, to no effect so far.

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An Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) worker conducts a door-to-door survey for coronavirus in Karol Bagh's Ragarpura area, in New Delhi on June 26. Teams of ASHA workers and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs) have been tirelessly mapping various parts of the city, screening its population to log the spread of Covid-19 as part of a survey ordered by the Centre last week. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

An Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) worker conducts a door-to-door survey for coronavirus in Karol Bagh's Ragarpura area, in New Delhi on June 26. Teams of ASHA workers and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANMs) have been tirelessly mapping various parts of the city, screening its population to log the spread of Covid-19 as part of a survey ordered by the Centre last week. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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Asha workers during a door-to-door screening survey exercise in Pandav Nagar on June 26. Working on the frontlines, ASHA workers put in long hours in helping the capital manage the outbreak, while conducting surveys, screening patients in home isolation or at testing centres but are paid just Rs 4,000 per month as basic salary. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Asha workers during a door-to-door screening survey exercise in Pandav Nagar on June 26. Working on the frontlines, ASHA workers put in long hours in helping the capital manage the outbreak, while conducting surveys, screening patients in home isolation or at testing centres but are paid just Rs 4,000 per month as basic salary. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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ASHA workers seen during a door-to-door survey for coronavirus in Pandav Nagar on June 26. The Delhi Asha Workers’ Association (DAWA) has given several representations to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain, requesting that the workers be paid Rs 10,000 per month during the pandemic. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

ASHA workers seen during a door-to-door survey for coronavirus in Pandav Nagar on June 26. The Delhi Asha Workers’ Association (DAWA) has given several representations to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain, requesting that the workers be paid Rs 10,000 per month during the pandemic. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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Asha health workers speak to a resident while conducting a survey at JJ colony in Patparganj on June 25. Priti (36), who goes by her first name, told HT that she got just Rs 2,320 for April. “I have been on Covid-19 duty since April. But I didn’t even get Rs 4,000. It is difficult for us to do our other routine jobs along with Covid-19 duty,” Priti, currently posted at a testing centre in Vasant Vihar said. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Asha health workers speak to a resident while conducting a survey at JJ colony in Patparganj on June 25. Priti (36), who goes by her first name, told HT that she got just Rs 2,320 for April. “I have been on Covid-19 duty since April. But I didn’t even get Rs 4,000. It is difficult for us to do our other routine jobs along with Covid-19 duty,” Priti, currently posted at a testing centre in Vasant Vihar said. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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ASHA workers admonish boys out without face masks during a door to door screening survey in Pandav Nagar on June 26. Kavita Yadav, the state coordinator for ASHA workers, All India United Traders Union Centre (AIUTUC), said they have a list of 100-plus Asha workers who tested positive for Covid-19. The first Asha worker tested positive for Covid-19 in April. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

ASHA workers admonish boys out without face masks during a door to door screening survey in Pandav Nagar on June 26. Kavita Yadav, the state coordinator for ASHA workers, All India United Traders Union Centre (AIUTUC), said they have a list of 100-plus Asha workers who tested positive for Covid-19. The first Asha worker tested positive for Covid-19 in April. (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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“I’m the only earning member in my family, as my husband lost his job in February. As part of Covid-19 duty, we have to cover 50 or more houses daily for the survey. We are on duty all the time. Sometimes I get a call at night to locate a Covid-19 positive patient. After putting in long hours, all we get is Rs 4,000, including Rs 1,000 for Covid-19 duty,” Rajan Bidhuri, who is deployed in Tughlaqabad village told HT. (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)

“I’m the only earning member in my family, as my husband lost his job in February. As part of Covid-19 duty, we have to cover 50 or more houses daily for the survey. We are on duty all the time. Sometimes I get a call at night to locate a Covid-19 positive patient. After putting in long hours, all we get is Rs 4,000, including Rs 1,000 for Covid-19 duty,” Rajan Bidhuri, who is deployed in Tughlaqabad village told HT. (Anushree Fadnavis / REUTERS)

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ASHA workers in Karol Bagh's Ragarpura area, on June 26. “The order passed by the Delhi government regarding payment of core incentive is not being implemented at all the dispensaries. We request the government to look into our demand and ensure timely payment of salaries,” said Kavita Yadav, the ASHA state coordinator for AITUC. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

ASHA workers in Karol Bagh's Ragarpura area, on June 26. “The order passed by the Delhi government regarding payment of core incentive is not being implemented at all the dispensaries. We request the government to look into our demand and ensure timely payment of salaries,” said Kavita Yadav, the ASHA state coordinator for AITUC. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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