Chamkaur Sahib (Rupnagar): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday announced a much-awaited bonanza of Rs 124.25 crore for ASHA and midday meal workers as a New Year gift.
Charanjit Singh Channi announced a fixed monthly allowance of Rs 2,500 for ASHA workers, thereby benefitting nearly 22,000 workers. It would, however, cost the Punjab exchequer to the tune of Rs 60 crore.
Likewise, ASHA workers from Punjab will also be entitled to the facility of cashless health insurance scheme up to Rs 5 lakh, which would be done by the government free of cost.
Similarly, in a major relief to nearly 42,500 midday meal workers working in 19,700 government/aided schools across the state, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi also announced to enhance their fixed allowance from Rs 2,200 to Rs 3,000 per month. This hike would entail an expenditure of Rs 64.25 crore on the state exchequer.
Besides, all ASHA and midday meal workers would be now entitled to full maternity leave on the pattern of other women government employees on regular basis. CM Channi declared that all ASHA and midday meal workers would now get the hiked fixed allowance from January 1, 2022. In the future, they would be getting these allowances for 12 months instead of 10 months earlier. He also addressed a public rally comprising ASHA and midday meal workers at Dana Mandi here.