The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 11
Hundreds of doctors, paramedical staff and class four employees across Punjab, who were merged from the department of rural development and panchayats to the health and family welfare department, have been working without salaries for the last four months.
As many as 129 doctors and nearly 500 paramedical staff and class 4 employees each are “living in distress” as they are unable to pay their bills and school fees of their children. Some said they were even planning to go abroad due to apathy of the government and the health department.
Dr Harinder Singh, president of the Merged Punjab Civil Medical Service Union, said, “Some of us are not able to pay monthly installments of home loan. Nothing has moved on the ground despite our repeated requests. Last month, the health department director issued an order directing all civil surgeons across the state to immediately release our salaries, but to no avail. We have been performing our duties with dedication amid the coronavirus pandemic.”