Sanitary staff in DHQ hospital seeks release of their half year salaries

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KHYBER
Approxiamtly 70 project sanitary staff in District Headquarter hospital,Landi Kotal have given up their duties in protest against non paying of their monthly salaries for the last six months.
The affected persons said that a private firm, Council Enterprise, took into service for the cleanliness purpose of the DHQ hospital Landi Kotal but for the last half year monthly pay had not been paid to them.
Speaking on the occasion Izharul Haq and his other companions lamented that they performed their sanitation duties with honesty and dedication but ironically no payment of their monthly salaries had been paid to them for the last seven months.
With non-payment of monthly wages compelled their families to starve, they added and they threatened that till payment of their six months salaries they would not start their duties again.
District manager of the scheme Wali Muhammad said keeping in view the deteriorated cleanliness condition of the hospitals under the janitorial service revamping project was launched in 29 districts across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP).
Beside the non-cooperative attitude of the Medical Superintendent, the sanitary staff started their services and in short time a visible change was noticed he maintained but lack of interest of the health highup suffered the scheme.
When the Project Director Revamping KP Dr Niaz was contacted on the issue he said that due to lack of funds they could not clear bills of the company through which they hired services of the sanitary crew.
Arrears of the company would be paid although the fate of the service of the employees would be decided in an extra-ordinary meeting of the stakeholder to be scheduled next week.
It is to be stated here that in the eve of the public –private partnership (PPP) plan of the DHQ, Landi Kotal, approved by the government services of 70 locals, had been hired for the sanitary purpose by the private company, namely council enterprise for the health center.