Health workers demand doing away with HDF

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 6: The employees working under Hospital Development Fund (HDF) today demanded that their salaries should be released by the Finance Department as the hospitals are generating less revenue amid COVID-19 crisis.
Addressing media persons at JLNM Hospital, Rainawari, State President of Hospital Development Fund Health employees said their salaries are released out of the revenue that the hospitals generate, which is not happening as of now.
“When the CTs and other things will be carried out at the hospitals-generating revenue-only then will our salaries will be released; but nothing of that sort is happening as of now as the lockdown is in place,” he said.
He said that may be the same situation will continue for more months. “What will we do if we had to face such a situation,” he said.
There are at least 2500 such employees working under HDF across J&K. The employees today demanded that the Finance Department should release their salaries.
“The revenue under HDF should be given to the hospital for its development and we should be treated like other employees,” he said.
He said that they are being paid Rs 500-5000 per month and are fighting the crisis like others. “We were told that we will be regularized, but nothing happened; we are working with risk allowance and insurance,” he said.