The Female Multipurpose Health Workers Friday highlighted their demands here at a meeting held in the office of Jammu Kashmir Medical Employees Federation.
As per a press release, the meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Sushil Sudan President JKMEF and among others attended by Vinod Kumar Sharma Secretary General JKMEF and Neelam Kumari General Secretary Jammu Kashmir FMPHW Association.
At the meet, the participants highlighted their 'smouldering' demands and resented that the previous assurances given by Director Family Welfare and the Secretary Health and Medical Education Department Dr. M.K Bhandari were not fulfilled even after the lapse of 6 months and the deadline set for the month of September. "There is no sign of any fruitful action from the administrative side. It's a pity that for the last 20 years we are struggling to get salary in time as all the Female Multi Purpose Workers are working round the clock efficiently and honestly" they observed.
They noted with serious concern that the Female workers are suffering to their limits due to non payment of their salaries for last seven months. "Some of the members of the Association are suffering from diseases but they are not in a position to get treatment in view of non-payment of dues" they rued . They said that festive season is at the door step and without salaries how could it be possible for them to celebrate these without a single penny in hand. They sought immediate redressal of grievances including Permanent Salary Head 2211 in Health and Family Welfare Department and the release of salary pending for more than four to five months.
They also sought up-gradation for the post of FMPHW on the analogy of Pharmacist, Lab Tech.s, X-Ray Tech., Dental Tech. and Ophthalmic Tech, creation of the post of LHVs in New PHCs, 50% quota in favour of trained LHVs at par with MMPHSs promoted as Health Educators, amendment of SRO 20 pending in the Administrative Department for the last 27 years.
Prominent amongst others present were Rekha Rani, Mamta Sharma, Kamla Devi, Sarso Devi, Jaswinder Kaur , Kamini Devi, Promila Kumar, Savita Kumar, Satya Devi, Sushma Devi, Vandana Devi, Raj Kumar, Soma Devi, Sharda Kumari, Nancy Bhan, Sheela Devi, Nirmal Kaur, Meena Kumari, Parveen Akhter, Lalita Bhan etc.