20000 health employees go on strike

HOLD SIT-IN DEMONSTRATIONS AT OLD SECRETARIAT

MANZOOR-UL-HASSAN

Srinagar, Jan 12: At least 20000 employees of the Health and Medical Education Department Saturday suspended work and held massive demonstration at the Old Secretariat here following the stoppage of their monthly salaries.
 Work at all the government offices associated with the Health Department in this capital city and other parts of the Valley including CMO offices remained paralyzed throughout the day in response to a pen-down strike called by Health Employees’ Co-ordination Committee to protest the order by which their salaries were stopped by the Director Health Service, Kashmir after their names figured in the recently issued list of 2400 alleged illegal appointees.
 Numerous employees of the Health Department, including doctors and Block Medical Officers, are up in arms after their names figured in the recently issued list of fake appointees.
 The Finance Department has sent report of the Director Audit and Inspections of the Health Department about 2400 fake appointments in Kashmir province and has asked the department not to release salary to the fake appointees.
 Following the directive, the Director of Health Services, Kashmir directed the drawing and disbursing authorities to stop the salary of all such employees.
 In Baramulla district, 498 employees have been identified as fake/ illegal appointees, which include 13 doctors and two Block Medical Officers. In Bandipora district, 240 employees have been identified as fake appointees. Similarly, in other districts like Srinagar, Kupwara, Budgam, Pulwama, Islamabad (Anantnag) lists of such employees have been issued.
 “The order contains name of scores of employees including doctors, Block Medical Officers, paramedics appointed through recruitment agencies like Public Service Commission, Service Selection Board and compassionate appointments under SRO 43. Scores of such employees have been also included in the list who after 7 years of service were regularized by the state government,” said Showkat Andrabi, President of the Health Employees’ Co-ordination Committee.
 “Similar orders in other districts also have created chaos and confusion in the department as the salaries of many genuine employees has been stopped,” he said.
 A group of doctors, whose names figure in the list, told Greater Kashmir that they were planning legal action against the department. “We were appointed through PSC and have been serving the department for years. The order has disturbed us emotionally and mentally. We are planning to take legal action against the authorities responsible,” they said.
 Scores of other employees identified in the list said that the aim of such a list was to create confusion and divert attention from the actual illegal appointments in the department, both in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
 “It is an attempt to hush up the cases of actual illegal appointees,” said an employee in Health department.
 When contacted, the Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said he had already constituted two committees to look in the genuiness of the list at district and divisional level. “No genuine employee will be at loss,” the Director assured.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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