Governor grants ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to kins of ASHAs

Governor grants ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh to kins of ASHAs
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Jammu: Governor Satya Pal Malik handed over cheques of ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakhs each to the kin of three deceased ASHAs who were working under National Health Mission, at the Raj Bhavan here on Monday.
Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary to Govt Health & Medical Education Department; Bhupinder Kumar, Mission Director, NHM, J&K and Dr Jitender Mehta, State Health Society Official were present on the occasion.
“Pursuant to the approval of social security benefit to ASHAs working under National Health Mission, from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India, the ex gratia was provided to the legal heirs of the deceased ASHAs Rajkumari, Block Kot Bhalwal, Jammu; Ashiya Bano, Block Khag, Budgam; and Nazneena, Block Verinag, Anantnag, who had unfortunately expired in the month of November, 2018,” a statement issued here said.
Governor lauded the role being played by the ASHA workers in delivering health care at grass root level and contributing in the decrease of vital indicators like Infant Mortality Ratio, Total Fertility Rate etc and in providing Home Based New Born Care (HBNC) in the villages.
Keeping in view their vital role in community health, the state government has decided to provide the Social Security Benefits to ASHAs and Rs 5 lakhs are being given to the legal dependant in case of death of an ASHA, Rs 2.5 lakhs in case of disability and financial assistance up to Rs 2 lakhs for medical conditions requiring intervention.