Health workers block road, protest salary rationalisation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Mar 14, 2015 01:29 IST

Members of the National Rural Health Mission Employees Union on Friday blocked the crossing adjoining the district administrative complex to protest against the rationalisation of pay scale under all programmes of the National Health
Mission as announced by the state government on March 9.

The state health department had made the announcement which was approved by principal secretary health and family welfare, Vinni Mahajan.

According to this, the staff recruited under various programmes with same qualification, same work and same responsibilities with different nomenclatures shall be equated with a standard post and standard pay.

Once the process of rationalisation is implemented, salary of each category of employee shall be fixed as per the standards fixed for increment and if any employee is already drawing more salary shall continue to draw it till the time their counterparts under the same category reach equivalent level.

Brajesh, president of the union, said, “The state government has implemented the rationalisation to stall the growth of the old-contract workers and it has been done in response to our demand for equal salary for equal work. In a nutshell, we asked for salary to be dispensed to contract workers in accordance with that of regular ones.”

According to the rationalisation process, the government has fixed a standard salary for a particular post and increment will be calculated as per the standard salary and not the current salary being drawn by an employee.

The highest number of recruitments under the NRHM took place between 2000 and 2009.

The old employees who were to get increment based on their current salary will be given an increment based on the newly fixed standard salary and if they are already drawing an amount more than it, no increment will be given.

According to the announcement, an increment of six per cent will be given to contract workers with more than one year on the roll and 12 per cent for more than two years and 18 per cent for more than four years. But the increment will be equated with a standard post and a standard pay.

Sanjeev Kumar, vice-president of the union, said, “Due to successful implementation of NRHM in many states, India has been able to work to achieve the millennium development goals. But the credit was never given to contract workers. Our counterparts in states like Rajasthan and Bihar draw salary at par with regular employees but the Punjab government has responded to our demand with this irrational rationalisation of salaries.”

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