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Jun 17, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
#ASHA workers in Ludhiana stage a protest as Govt asks them to do smartphone surveys. Most don't have the phones nor the money to buy.

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Punjab has not paid ASHAs for 3 months

Read our report on unpaid incentives+ honoraiums

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Listen to what Ranjit Kaur, an ASHA from Ropar told us here about how ASHAs are working for free in Punjab.

Earlier Haryana had asked #ASHA workers in the state to get smartphones to feed data online. ASHAs in the state protested. Hear what Sarabjit from kaithal, told us

" Govt wants us to send our reports by whatsapp. Many ASHAs do not have smartphones. So they walk all the way to PHCs to give submit data face to face", Champaben Rathwa, Bhavnagar, Gujarat told us
If you'd like to read how govt extracts crucial labour from #ASHAs in this country and still treats them shabbily, read our 3 part series in collab w/ @Article14live

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From #Asha workers protest in Haryana.
Pic courtesy: Asha workers Union, Haryana

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