UP: Yogi Govt Announces Increase In  Salary Or Honorarium Of All Healthcare And Frontline WorkersUttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. (representative image) (Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has announced an increase in the salary or honorarium of all healthcare and frontline workers, reports Economic Times.

The moves comes as a gesture by the state government acknowledging the contributions of all healthcare and frontline workers in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and also to incentivise them to continue their services.

CM Adityanath said, "Services rendered by all workers involved in Covid-related works is an example of a sense of seva bhaav (sense of service) and duty."

As an outcome, all health workers, including doctors, paramedical staff, housekeeping staff, sanitation workers, accredited social health activists (Asha) and Aanganwadi workers will be given an additional 25 per cent of their salary or honorarium for their COVID-19 duty days.

Meanwhile, in the case of doctors and nurses, the hike will be applicable even for days they isolate after a COVID-19 duty.

It should be noted that the state government's decision comes as it is aiming to conduct a million antigen tests in villages within a week, for which it will depend on Asha and Aanganwadi workers.

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