ASHA workers allege exploitation, harassment & illegal removal by village authorities

Shillong, Sept 8: Meghalaya ASHA Workers’ Union, on Tuesday, penned a letter to Health Minister A. L. Hek and Director of Health Services (MI) Dr. Aman Warr alleging that two ASHA workers from two villages have been relieved from their posts illegally.  

The Union stated that Philadelphia Sohmat of Mawkhemkha Village and Imshida ‘Thangkhiew of Nongsier Village were forcefully removed and that ‘unreasonable/unlogical reasons’ were given for their removal.

“According to our finding they are sincere, dutiful and diligently performed/obliged their duty i.e Philadelphia Sohmat ASHA of Mawkhunkha Village of Umsohpieng village, Mawshynrut Civil Sub-Division, West Khasi Hills District, and lmshida Thangkhiew, ASHA of Nongsier Village of Jirane State Dispensary, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya, therefore they should not be subjected to any suffering in the hand of some vested interest persons or for personal benefits gain of someone else,” the letter read.

The letter signed by ASHA Workers’ Union President S. Marboh and Secretary June Myrsing stated that ASHA workers are selflessly and restlessly working with the Government in fighting against the spread of COVID-19 virus and therefore the Government should not allow any person to take law in their own hands.