The Karnataka Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) Workers’ Association, Mysore unit, has criticised the move of the Health Department to do away with transport allowance for the members. The benefit must be restored immediately, they demanded.

The association, affiliated to the All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), said in a statement here on Tuesday that the incentive of Rs. 200 per worker had been stopped since April.

ASHA workers played a key role in safeguarding the health of rural people by implementing the programmes of the National Rural Health Mission since its inception, president of the association, Umadevi, and its secretary, P.S. Sandhya, said.

The department had not hiked wages of ASHA workers since 10 years, they alleged. The promise of giving incentives every month too remained to be fulfilled, they alleged.

The department paid incentives only two or three times a year.

Earlier, ASHA workers would get incentives by keeping a manual record of the injections and other medicines pertaining to delivery cases and received the incentives. But, maintaining the Internet record had led to problems, which had been made compulsory for ASHA workers to draw incentives.

If the problems were not solved, the association would intensify the stir, they added.