The issue of confirmation of homeguards and Asha allies resonated in the Legislative Assembly today. The Gehlot government clarified that the proposal to make them permanent is not under consideration.
Giving information in the House, Minister Bhajanlal Jatav said that at present we have more than 48 thousand homeguards and about 4800 posts are vacant. He said that in the previous government the employment of home guards was only 35 per cent, which we have now increased to 58 per cent.
Asha Sahyogi Voluntary Service Post
On the other hand, on the issue of Asha collaborators, Minister Mamata Bhupesh said that this is a voluntary service based post and the service rules do not apply to them. Right now, honorarium is being given to 277 rupees per month to Asha collaborators. Along with this, work based payments are also being made from the medical department. He said that instead of 60 per cent of its share, the Central Government is currently contributing only 38 per cent and if full contribution is given, the honorarium can be increased up to Rs 4050. He said that a letter has also been written by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister in this regard. The minister said that on the basis of budget availability, the honorarium of ASHA colleagues will increase, while the letter is also under process to keep them under the same department.