Srinagar: Scores of employees working in family welfare Mother and Child Health (MCH) and Immunization wing of Jammu and Kashmir Health department protested on Monday here to press for the release of their salaries.
The employees assembled in Pratap Park under the banner of ‘Jammu and Kashmir Family Welfare MCH and Immunisation employees Union’ and raised slogans against the administration and marched towards press enclave.
The MCH and Immunization employees are on strike demanding release of salaries. The protesting employees said that they have not received their salaries from April this year.
“We are more than four thousand employees and our salaries are pending from five months. Our families are suffering and it is becoming difficult for us to manage our financial demands,” Union secretary, Mehmooda Begum said.
Union President Mohammad Rafiq told Kashmir Reader that, “We have bank loans and have to pay the monthly installments. The department holds our salaries every year, last year our salaries were released many months after massive protests,” he said.
Blaming the higher authorities for their suffering, the protesting employees said that they apprised director about the issue many times and he put his best efforts to get the held salary released but the higher authorities did not release.
While alleging the government of “gender discrimination”, Neelofer Begum an employee said that since the majority of the employees in the department for immunization are women that are why they are “treated differently”.
“Despite many representations sent to the administration for release of salaries, they are saying that we will release the salary within a couple of days but the salaries have not been released from months,” said a protesting employee.
“If our salaries are not released within days, we will be forced to come on the streets and go for indefinite strike,” protesting employees threatened.
The family welfare wing of Health Department includes the employees; Basic health worker, female multipurpose health worker, Mass media officer, health educator, junior health inspector and all are out of duty for last two weeks. Despite various attempts director Family Welfare could not be reached for his comments.