Amritsar, July 24
Contractual workers at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and mess workers of hostels and canteens at Government Medical College staged a protest against the management here today.
The protestors said the services of 18 workers from Swami Vivekanada Drug De-addiction Centre had been terminated by the authorities citing shortage of funds. Also the salaries of mess workers have not been disbursed for the last five months. They have also demanded a pay revision, stating that they were getting a meagre pay of Rs 3,200.
They took out a rally through various buildings of the college and submitted a memorandum to the principal-cum-chairman of Swami Vivekananda Drug De-addiction Centre.
Narinder Singh, president of the coordination committee of Paramedical and Health Employees, said, “Workers lost their livelihood as the authorities concerned could not manage their finances properly. The sacked workers should be reinstated, otherwise we will intensify our protest next week.”
Prem Chand, convener of the committee, said, “The college authorities had last week given an assurance that the case of mess workers would be taken up with higher-ups shortly. Now, they say the file is pending with the medical education and research minister. Mess workers have been demanding that they would be given at least Rs 7,500 per month as salary.”
Sawinder Singh Bhatti, an employee, said, “The mess workers at Government Dental College have already started receiving revised salary. Both the institutes come under the same department, so there cannot be different rules for both institutes.”
The committee leaders also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and Medical Superintendent of Guru Nanak Dev College.