Dehradun, March 9: Uttarakhand noticed a historic moment on Friday as the annual pay of Asha workers was hiked near about thrice that is from Rs 5,000 to Rs 17,000 to mark International Women's Day.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday increased the annual pay of Asha workers. Also, he distributed mobile phones among Anganwadi workers on the occasion, saying Uttarakhand is the first state in north India to bring them on the smartphone network.
The chief minister also increased the monthly salary of Asha helps from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. Speaking at the function, he said empowering women was necessary for all-round development of the society.
"Respecting women is part of Indian culture. India is the only country in the world whose people call it as mother India. This element in our culture is being embraced by the west. "A society can develop fully only when it offers equal opportunities to its men and women," CM Rawat said.