Punjab govt to introduce policy for regularising contractual employees in health department, minister says | Chandigarh News

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CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government will soon formulate a policy to regularise contractual employees working in the health department, health minister Dr Balbir Singh said in Chandigarh on Monday.
The minister also said the government would soon provide insurance cover to all the employees of the health department, including contractual employees and the ASHA workers under the Ayushman scheme.
Dr Balbir Singh said instructions had already been issued to the state health agency to explore modalities in this regard in a time-bound manner. The premium of the health insurance will be paid by the state government, he said.
Chairing a meeting of various health employees’ unions, the minister said: “Chief minister Bhagwant Mann led Punjab government believes in employee friendly policy and had called union leaders to resolve the grievances without any delay”.
He assured the union leaders that they would not need to rely on agitations to get their demands fulfilled. He also lauded the health staff for their work.
“The government has always respected the sentiments and demands of the health employees,” the minister said.
Urging the employees to work with more enthusiasm so that the public do not face any inconvenience in getting health services, he said all your genuine and legitimate demands would be met “very shortly”.
NRHM Employees’ Association, Punjab, president Dr Inderjeet Singh Rana, who led the delegation that met health minister, shared that the NHM employees have been pressing for regularisation of services.
He further said employees were also demanding that they should be directly adjusted on the vacant posts under various cadres in the health department. Until their services are formally regularised, the government should provide them with compensation equivalent to that of permanent employees.
As the NHM employees are not being given any benefit of pay commission, their existing salaries should be increased by at least 30%, he said.

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