State government is also considering giving honorarium to Sahiyas – Banna Gupta

Ranchi: Health Minister Banna Gupta has said that the state government is serious about the problems of Sahiyas who are the link to providing health facilities to people living in remote areas along with rural areas. 

Addressing the State Level Sahiya Sammelan cum PIL (Participatory Learning and Implementation) Samaroh organized in honor of Sahiyas at RIMS Auditorium he said that the honorarium being received by the Sahiyas is very less.

He said that a proposal has been sent to the Central Government to increase the honorarium of Sahiyas and to give them a lump sum amount and on the basis of the information being received, it can be said that the Central Government will soon take a positive decision in this direction.

Along with this, Chief Minister Hemant Soren is also considering giving honorarium to Sahiyas he said. The health Minister said that the department is concerned about the health of the people and the Sahiya sisters who are providing health services to them. The department is serious about bringing qualitative changes in their direction and condition by solving all their problems at a fast pace and the work is going on.

He said that there are 32000 villages in 24 districts of Jharkhand, where there is neither network nor roads, but Sahiyas are rendering their service by reaching there. Realizing their dedication and efforts, the government has decided to encourage and honor them under which the works of Sahiyas has been divided into four categories Golden, Silver, Bronze and White.

The best performing Sahiya sisters will be given an amount of Rs 1000 per month under the golden category. Sahiya sisters performing less than that will be given Rs 500/month under the silver category and Rs 250/month for bronze. Thus they will develop a sense of excellence in work.

Banna Gupta said that it is the result of the efforts of Sahiyas hat there has been success in registering a decline in the figures of maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate. Along with this, the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in Jharkhand are also low in proportion to the country. He said that the cooperation of Sahiyas has helped in reducing malnutrition.

On the other hand, whether children should be given Albendazole tablets on the deworming day, adolescent girls should be given iron pills or pregnant women’s health, etc success has been achieved with their co-operation, he pointed. Additional Chief Secretary of the Health Department Arun Kumar Singh said that the government will provide tabs to all Sahiyas to make the work easier and to help them do quality work.

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