KURNOOL: Nearly 900 staff working as security guards, sanitation workers and paramedical staff in Covid-19 wards of the Government General Hospital (GGH) on contract and outsourcing basis have not been paid salaries for the past four months. These staff are paid salaries ranging from Rs 8,250 to Rs 17,500 per month and the GGH monthly salary bill is Rs 1.2 crore.
“We are facing severe hardship due to non-payment of salaries for the past four months. We got the last salary in April,” said Nagaraju, an outsourced employee. The staff hired for Covid duty nine months ago also alleged that they were not paid even a single month’s salary. About 185 people were given postings in the district as MNOs and FMNOs. They are under the control of the DMHO. The GGH officials maintained that the salaries were not paid due to non-release of budget. When contacted, GGH Superintendent Dr Narendranath Reddy admitted that the salary payment is pending and the issue will be resolved soon.
AITUC city secretary P Rama Krishna Reddy said the staff have been organising protests seeking payment of pending salaries for the last 14 days on the hospital premises.
“District Collector P Koteswara Rao responded positively and directed the GGH authorities to resolve the matter. If the issue is not resolved, we will intensify our stir from September 1,’’ he said.