NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the increase in supervisory visit charges for ASHA facilitators from Rs 250 per visit to Rs 300 per visit for 2018-2019 to 2019- 2020 with effect from October 2018 (to be paid in November).
Briefing mediapersons about the Cabinet decision, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said ASHA facilitator will undertake about 20 supervisory visits per month.
With the proposed increase, ASHA Facilitators would receive about Rs 6000 per month against Rs 5000 per month that is an increase of Rs 1000 per month.
Enrolment of ASHA facilitators under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana as part of ASHA Benefit package.
To motivate ASHA facilitators to perform better, the supervisory visit charges for ASHA Facilitators has been increased from Rs 250 per visit to Rs 300 per visit with effect from October 2018 (to be paid in November, 2018).
With the approved increase, ASHA Facilitators would receive about Rs 6,000 per month against Rs 5000 per month, that is an increase of Rs 1000 per month.
The existing institutional mechanisms for the National Health Mission (NHM) would be utilised to implement the decision.
The proposal entails an estimated additional expenditure of Rs 46.95 crore comprising Rs 15.65 crore during 2018-19 (for six months) and Rs 31.30 crore during 2019-20 as central share.
The Cabinet decision will Benefit 41,405 ASHA facilitators.
This is in addition to the following benefits extended by earlier Cabinet Decision on September 19.
Other benefits are coverage of 10, 63, 670 ASHAs and ASHA facilitators under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti BimaYojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.
Increase in routine and recurring incentives from Rs 1,000 per month to Rs 2,000 per month to benefit 10, 22,265 ASHAs.
Increase in honorarium for nearly 27,00,000 Anganwadi Workers/ Anganwadi Helpers This will be implemented as part of ASHA Benefit Package approved in September.