NHRC Asks Centre, States to Submit Report on Poor Working Conditions of ASHA Workers
Moneylife Digital Team 25 May 2021
Taking cognizance of a complaint that the ASHA (accredited social health activist) workers are not getting their dues and safety equipment despite being working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic in the rural areas across the country, the National Human rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the union and state governments.
In the notice, the NHRC has asked secretary of union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW), and chief of secretaries of the states to submit within six weeks their reports on the issues raised in the complaint.
The Commission has observed that the allegations, if true, raise very crucial issues as the entire health management system of the vast rural population across India depends upon these ASHA workers. 
Therefore, it says, "the reports must carry the details on how many ASHA workers are working in each state; status and amount of remuneration and other dues paid to them during the pandemic; arrears due to them; health protection measures instituted for their protection to discharge their professional functions; facilities provided to these health workers and their families to protect health needs; compensation in the event of fatality incurred during discharge of duty; long term health insurance or protection; social security or protection facilities as per the extant guidelines."
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