Cabinet doubles honorarium for Asha workers; to open 40,000 wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat Scheme
Union Cabinet has doubled honorarium for ten lakh ASHA workers from the existing 1000 rupees to 2000 rupees per month. Briefing media persons after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has also decided to provide other benefits to ASHA workers in addition to the hike in their monthly honorarium. Mr. Javadekar said the government will open 40,000 wellness centres across the country this year under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
The government also announced five per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and pensioners. Mr Javadekar said, it will benefit 50 lakh Central Government employees and 65 lakh pensioners. He described it as a Diwali gift from the government, and added that this will be paid from July this year.