The new chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced a hike in the salaries of Asha workers to Rs 10,000 which currently is Rs 3,000. He made the announcement at a review meeting at the health department.
Reddy, who took oath as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh on May 30, made this announcement to fulfill one of his poll promises made to the people of Andhra Pradesh. He earlier had promised during an election campaign that if he comes to the power the salaries of Accredited Social Health Activist (Asha) workers will be increased.
The new chief minister claims that his government is determined to revamp the medical and health department to improve health facilities in government hospitals. He formed a committee to work for re-establish medical and health department. The panel is also asked to submit the report within 45 days.
Jagan expressed that he was surprised to see the pathetic condition in government hospitals during the last five years.
In his party manifesto for 2014 Assembly election of Andhra Pradesh, Jagan Mohan Reddy had also promised that the government would restore the past glory of 108 ambulance services introduced during his father and former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's regime.