Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that acknowledging the selfless sacrifice and role of ASHAs, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers during the crucial period of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and Helpers would be covered by CHMT (Chief Minister Hakshel-gi Tengbang) for cashless treatment up to Rs. 2 lakhs in hospitals. This was stated by him at the launching function of ‘IT-enabled Mega Convergence of Health-Nutrition-Education’ held at City Convention Center, Imphal today.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, N. Biren Singh said that we need to monitor and manage things at the micro-level for progress and development. Hard work, sincerity, transparency and dedication are necessary ingredients so as to achieve inclusive development, he added. The Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to issue an order regarding the government employees to be stationed at their respective posting places for smooth functioning of governance if the infrastructure facilities such as accommodation etc. are available. He further maintained that an Anganwadi centre should be adopted by every government officer so that there would be healthy competition among the Anganwadi centres in the State.
The Chief Minister mentioned that around 4000 ASHAs, 11,500 Anganwadi workers and 9959 Anganwadi helpers (a total of around 25,500) would be benefited under the scheme. He also announced that the honorariums of ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and Anganwadi helpers would be increased by Rs. 1000, Rs.1000 and Rs. 500 respectively. A total of 2600 smartphones have already been distributed to Anganwadi workers and another 9949 smartphones are being distributed today amounting to Rs. 9.14 crores, he added.
Shri N. Biren Singh stated that under the CM Health for All scheme, around 69 villages have been covered so far. Around 18,683 individuals have been registered and around 17,401 people have been examined by the health care workers at their doorsteps and distributed free medicines. He expressed his happiness over the 100 per cent potable water connection in every household of Kampong district. He said that the concerned Executive Engineer would be awarded for such achievement.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also launched the ‘Integrated Education Management System’ and Digital Learning Platform for the education sector and e-ASHA for the health sector. Shri N. Biren Singh also distributed tablets and smartphones to students and ASHA workers.
Delivering his speech, Minister for Works, RD&PR, IPR Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said Health, Education and Social Welfare are the priority sectors of the government. He appreciated the dedication and hard work of the ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers and Helpers for their selfless service during the pandemic. We need to create a sense of responsibility among ourselves towards building a better society, he added. With Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s mantra ‘ Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas’, the country is marching ahead with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, a self-reliant India, he added.
Cabinet Ministers, MP Rajya Sabha Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, Chief Secretary, Administrative Secretaries, HODs, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers and helpers, students and others were present during the function.