JAMMU: Expressing serious concern over the plight of health department employees especially Safaie Karamcharis (Sweepers) whose salaries have been withheld in connection with an ongoing departmental enquiry, CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has asked the minister concerned to conclude their scrutiny in a time bound manner, keeping in view the distressing condition of the affected families.
In a statement issued here today, the CPI (M) leader has said the snail pace with which the inquiry is going has not only affected the functioning of the department but it has adversely affected the families dependent on the employees under scanner of the inquiry committee. First of all it makes no sense that the government wake up after a deep slumber of some 20 years when these employees joined the department. Second, the Sweepers working in the department get a meager salary and they have to shoulder responsibilities of large families including elderly who are in need of medicines and the school going children who are sitting in their homes for want of fee. In most of the cases, these sweepers are without their salaries for the last eight months, Tarigami said.
The CPI (M) State Secretary remarked that he is not against the inquiry as such but the pace, with which it is going on, indicates that it is heading nowhere. The current mode of inquiry seems bereft of any cause and direction. Whatever the terms of reference of the inquiry committee; the minister concerned must ensure the investigations are completed in shortest possible time so that these employees and their suffering families take a sigh of relief, he said, adding that by its snails pace the department has not only created an atmosphere of confusion in its functioning but it has surely tormented hundreds of families who are run by these families.
The CPI (M) leader urged the government to release the salaries of the affected employees especially that of Safaie Karamcharis that is pending for the last over eight months.
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