Multi-purpose health workers in J&K without salaries since December

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SRINAGAR — Female Multi-purpose Health Workers (FMHW) of Jammu & Kashmir have appealed to the Lieutenant Governor-led administration to release their pending salaries ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. According to the FMHW, they are without salaries for the last five months.

Official sources told KNO that thousands of FMHW working in health centres across J&K Health & Family Welfare under a Centrally-sponsored scheme have never got their salaries in time.

They said FMPHWs working under 2210 head never face such issues and get salaries in time but on the other hand, workers working under 2211 head have to bear the issue of delay in salaries.

They told the news agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that despite being the permanent employees of the union territory, they have to come on roads for their salaries. “Education of our children gets affected since they are not able to pay their fee regularly,” they said, adding that despite putting in their best efforts during the COVID pandemic, they have to literally beg for salaries.

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“Neither DPCs are being considered in stipulated time nor salaries are being released on time,” said a worker.

She said the claims of women empowerment and Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is just proving to be a hoax on the ground as despite providing primary promotive and curative health care for almost all the national health programs, they have to suffer.

“Ahead of Eid, we have to submit the fee of our children, bring clothes and other necessary items but in the absence of salaries since December last year, we are going through very tough times,” she added.

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An official of the Health and Family Welfare said that all these workers fall under the Central scheme but the Central government often releases their salaries late.

He said that the issue has been already brought to notice by higher-ups and they are hopeful that their salaries will be released ahead of Eid.

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