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Salary of 368 contractual employees of Srinagar Medical College finally raised

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 18 Jan: The 368 contractual employees of Srinagar Medical College have finally managed to obtain orders for increase in their salaries after many years of battle. These employees had been working on meagre wages ever since the inception of the college. For years, they had been demanding a raise in their wages equal to those who had been hired through UPNL. Many promises were made and assurances given to these employees but the battle had remained fruitless till now.

Now, at the initiative of the State Health and Medical Education Minister, orders have been issued raising their wages equal to the wages of those who had been hired through UPNL. The employees have given the credit for the raise in wages to Health Minister Dhan Singh Rawat.

It may be recalled that, since the inception of the Government Medical College, Srinagar, in Pauri Garhwal, personnel posted in various categories of non-teaching posts on contractual, daily and fixed pay scale basis had been were working on a meagre honorarium as per the immediate requirement. At the same time, many other personnel who had been hired later through UPNL were getting almost double the wages. This disparity was causing huge discontent among the contractual employees and they had been for past many years demanding equal pay for equal work vis-à-vis UPNL employees.

Every time Health Minister Dhan Singh Rawat visited the Srinagar Medical College, which incidentally falls in his assembly constituency, he had to face the ire of these contractual employees. During his campaign for the last assembly elections, Dhan Singh had promised to ensure justice for them. However, even after the elections and despite the fact that Dhan Singh Rawat had since become the Health and Health Education Minister, bureaucratic red tape had delayed the decision to grant relief to the contractual employees. However, Dhan Singh Rawat finally managed to get the proposal of the Medical Education Department submitted before the cabinet, which approved the proposal. Now the Medical Education Department has issued the orders raising the wages of these employees and making them equal to those who had been hired through UPNL.

Minister Dhan Singh Rawat said that, since 2008, 368 personnel had been working on meagre wages and they had been struggling for a long time demanding equal pay for equal work. He said that he now expected that all the personnel would discharge their duties and responsibilities with even greater sincerity and integrity.