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HDF Employees demand to release long-pending salary

Farooz Ahmad Lone
Srinagar, July 31 (KNB): The reluctant attitude on the part of government in relation with the issues of regularization and pending salaries of the Hospital Development Fund (HDF) employees has rested the employee’s future at stake, alleged the employees.
The employees alleged the concerned authorities of recklessness and said that the government does not pay attention to their “future at stake” and the suffering they are undergoing.
As per sources, these people who were recommended by local MLAs & political leaders to be employed under HDF, go through a lot of.
The sources reveal that these men and women were given an impression that they were being offered a Govt. job and the number of such people grew thousands who are now demanding regularization. Hospital authorities pay them mere Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 per month which is itself a violation of J&K Minimum Wages Act 2018 wherein skilled people can’t be paid less than Rs 350 per day and unskilled are to be paid Rs 225 per day.
“We work day in, day out everywhere be it district hospitals, sub-district hospitals, or any other health centre, our leave-applications, even in times of emergency, are hardly approved and nevertheless the government authorities do not resolve our issues” said the president of HDF union, Mohammad Ashraf
He added, “We are serving as government servants do, we are allowed to inject patients, even if we are put in charge of millions of property. Still we are being treated as servants”
Sajad Ahmad Sofi, an employee of HDF from Budgam while talking to the Kashmir New Bureau said, “We want the Government to give a considerate view to our demand of regularization as many of us have spent more than a decade serving the department and have reached near upper age limit. We want the government to resolve our issues fairly and to release our pending salary.”
Talking to the KNB, a DAK (doctors association Kashmir) member said, “If the government of Jammu and Kashmir is taking their service then they have to think about them and release their pending salary and solve their issues as they are needed in hospitals.” (KNB)

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