Govt to come out with solution for salary issue of FMPHWs: DG

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Sept 21: The Director General of Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization, Dr Salim-ur-Rehman, today said that Female Multipurpose Health Workers (FMPHWs) have routinely faced salary delays but assured that they will come up with a solution to the problem soon.
He said that FMPHWs are facing salary delays as a result of the fact that they work under a Central Government-funded programme where funds are frequently delayed. “We have urged the Government for some money to resolve the issue, and we are hopeful,” he said, adding that they will soon hold a meeting to discuss the problem and try to come up with a solution.
The FMPHWs working in various health institutions in Jammu and Kashmir under a Centrally sponsored scheme are experiencing hardships due to non-payment of their salaries for the past four months despite assurances from the authorities.
Thousands of these employees working under the Centrally sponsored scheme of Health and Family Welfare in various health centres in Jammu and Kashmir have been facing delays in salaries right from the beginning. “Health workers offer primary preventative and curative healthcare for practically all National Health Programmes, yet they are not frequently paid for months at a time,” a worker said.
Neelofar Jan, president of Jammu Kashmir Female Multipurpose Health Workers’ Association, said “we used to receive our salary every third or fourth month, but we have not received anything during last four to five months. We are facing difficulties in running our homes,” she said.