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Health staff not paid July salary

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Services

Chandigarh, August 19

While the state is seeing a surge in Covid cases, frontline health workers, including a large number of doctors, are not being paid salaries on time at many places.

Even the Principal Secretary, Health, Hussan Lal, has written a letter to the Principal Secretary, Finance, KAP Sinha, informing him that in several districts, the treasuries had not paid salaries to doctors and other health officials.

The similar problem is being faced by doctors working under the Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.

In his letter, Hussan Lal said: "It has been brought to my notice that the salaries for the month of July of Group-A and Group-B officers/officials posted in the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, have not been released by the District Treasury Office, Punjab, Chandigarh. As you are aware that in view of the ongoing pandemic disease, the medical staff are working day and night and putting all their efforts in tackling the pandemic."

He requested for the immediate release of the salaries on priority.

Lal said he had spoken to the Principal Secretary, Finance, over the phone as well. "There was an issue of delay in submitting of utilisation certificate of Rs 7.5 crore spending on sewerage treatment plants. The issue will be settled soon," he said.

The situation is not much different for the doctors working under the Rural Development Department. Dr JP Narula, president, Rural Medical Services Association, said the July salary of the rural doctors in Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar, Ropar, Bathinda and Barnala districts had not been paid. "At several places, we had contacted finance officials in various districts, who claimed that the delay was not at their end," he said.

from The Tribune

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