Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 5
Rural pharmacists staged a protest outside the zila parishad office on Monday and announced to boycott Covid-19 related duties till they were regularised.
Kamaljit Chohan, chief, Rural Health Pharmacy Officers’ Association, said, “For the last one year, we have been regularly performing the Covid-19 related duties. From now onwards, we will boycott all such duties in rural areas.”
Members of the union said many of them had been working under the zila parishad for more than a decade at meagre salaries hoping that someday their services would be regularised.
Navjot Kaur, a member of the association, said despite performing the Covid-19 related duties, the government has not announced any salary hike for them.
“Pharmacists under the Health Department and the zila parishad perform the same work, but when it comes to salaries, contractual workers are paid very less than regular employees,” she said.
Members of the association said if the government failed to take any notice, they would organise a state-level protest.
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