ASHA workers demand enhancement of incentives

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Block National Highway after Chief Minister leaves the venue of public meeting

Well done:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handing over cheques to Asha Karmis for their outstanding work at a function in Berhampur on Monday.— Photo: Lingaraj Panda
Well done:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handing over cheques to Asha Karmis for their outstanding work at a function in Berhampur on Monday.— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

ASHA workers vocally voiced their demand during a public meeting of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the city on Monday.

These ASHA workers also blocked the National Highway 59 that passes through the city near the venue after the Chief Minister left the spot of the public meeting. These ASHA workers from different parts of Ganjam district were demanding regular enumeration and enhancement of incentives.

They started their road blockade from around 2 p.m. which continued for around two hours. There was a scuffle between the police and the agitating ASHA workers when the police tried to clear the blocked road for regular flow of traffic.

The Chief Minister was on a one-day visit to Ganjam district on Monday. After arriving by helicopter, Mr. Patnaik attended the public meeting arranged at government ITI ground. Before start of the meeting the Chief Minister inaugurated Odisha Emergency Ambulance Medical Service (OEAMS) for Ganjam district. This project had been launched in the State on March 5, to provide ambulance service to the needy within a time frame. For it one had to dial toll free number ‘108’. In the first phase 28 ambulances were provided to Ganjam district. Another seven ambulances would reach the district in the next phase.

This public meeting was also organised as district-level meeting of ASHA workers. ASHA workers of Ganjam district who had shown exemplary service as well as ‘Gaon Swasthaya Committees’ who had excelled in maintaining sanitation and health were honoured during the meeting. Distribution of patta for ‘gramkantha’ land to people was also started by the Chief Minister.

This meeting attended by State Ministers from Ganjam district, Surya Narayan Patra, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Usha Devi as well as MLAs of Berhampur and Gopalpur The ASHA workers started voicing their demand during speeches of Mr. Patra and other speakers.

The Chief Minister during his speech said as per the OEAMS project every population of one lakh would now have a dedicated ambulance service. According to him aim of his government was to bridge the gap between urban and rural development. He said his government was taking every possible step to develop services like drinking water facility, maintenance of sanitation, better roads etc. The State government has sanctioned Rs. 150 crore for development of road in urban areas. He reiterated that measures had been initiated to solve drinking water crisis in Berhampur keeping in view its rising population during next three decades. “The proposed Janhibili project worth Rs. 400 crore would be a step towards it,” he said.

From Berhampur, the Chief Minister left for rural areas of Ganjam district such as Belagaon, Gandala, Durbandha, Sasan Ambagaon, Pochlima, Saru, Purunakhandi, Kurula, Alarigarh. He took part in foundation stone laying and inauguration ceremonies of developmental projects in these areas.

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