Union Cabinet approves benefit package for ASHAs, ASHA facilitators

Sep 19, 2018 20:51 IST
Union Cabinet approves benefit package for ASHAs, ASHA facilitators

The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 19, 2018 approved ASHA Benefit Package with effect from October, 2018, which will be paid in November 2018.

Key components of the benefit package:

The eligible ASHAs and ASHA facilitators will be enrolled in the Union Government’s social security schemes including the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.

The amount of routine and recurring incentives under the National Health Mission (NHM) for ASHAs will also be increased from Rs1000 per month to Rs 2000 per month.

Expenditure

The Union Government will be providing funds worth Rs 1224.97 crore for two years 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the implementation of the benefit package.

Beneficiaries

According to estimates, around 1,06,36,701 ASHAS and ASHA facilitators are expected to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana.

Further, around 9,57,303 ASHAS and ASHA facilitators will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.

Finally, about 10,22,265 ASHAs will get at least a minimum of Rs 2000 per month in comparison to the current Rs 1000 for routine activities.

Eligibility Criteria

Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana

The eligibility criteria for ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (Life Insurance) include those who are aged between 18-70 years.

The insurance cover would be for a one-year period stretching from June 1 to May 31 and the benefits include:

Rs 2 Lakh in case of death due to an accident

Rs 2 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of both eyes or loss of use of both hands or feet or loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of one hand or one foot.

Rs 1 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye or loss of use of one hand or one foot.

The annual premium of Rs 12 per beneficiary will be paid by the Union Government.

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana

The eligibility criteria for ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (Accident Insurance) include those who are aged between 18-50 years.

The insurance cover would be for a one-year period stretching from June 1 to May 31.

The benefit includes Rs 2 Lakh in case of death due to any cause.

The annual premium of Rs 330 (average) will be paid by the Central Government.

Other Details

The existing institutional mechanisms for the National Health Mission would be utilised to implement the proposed ASHA Benefit package.

The Union Government has kept the target of enrolling at least 65 per cent of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators in its social security schemes by March 31, 2018.

Further, the government has decided to ensure 100 per cent enrollment of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators in its social security schemes by October 30, 2019.

Who are ASHAs?

The Accredited social health activists (ASHAs) are community health workers instituted by the Union Government’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) as a part of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

The main aim of the ASHA scheme is to provide every village in the country with a trained female community health activist ASHA.

The ASHAs, who are selected from the village itself, are trained to work as an interface between the community and the public health system.

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