SRINAGAR: Doctors Association of Kashmir on Thursday flayed government for not giving salaries to National Health Mission doctors for the past eight months.
An emergency meeting of DAK was held under its president Dr G M Mir in which delay in wages of NHM doctors was condemned in strongest possible words, a statement by the association said.
“It has been eight months now that Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) employees of NHM have been left in the lurch as they have not been paid their salaries for the past eight months. Various other NHM doctors working in peripheral hospitals under different sub head programmes across valley including other NHM employees are without wages since three months,” he said.
The association claimed that NHM doctors are working with dedication, zeal and zest but in return to their work they have been rewarded with delay in salaries by the government, thereby discouraging their morale to the lowest ebb. “It is inhuman and against all national and international labour laws to make NHM employees work like bonded labourers without timely grant of salaries. DAK appreciates the efforts of NHM doctors which have reinforced the health department with more manpower and increased health care services,” the president said. “It is pertinent to mention that Eid festival is approaching ahead and NHM employees have no means to celebrate this holy festival. While as authorities will be enjoying the festival with their kiths and kins, our NHM employess will be in mood of despair and helplessness,” he said.
He said NHM employess were going from pillar to post and have been knocking various corridors of administrative departments for addressing this issue but have got no concrete assurance from the authorities.