By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 28: It is strange to say that the State Health Department has two categories of employees who have been working for years together without any service rules. Such things do happen in Assam!
Health educators (HE) and multi-purpose workers (MPW) have not been spelt out their service rules by the department as yet even as they have been working in the department for decades.
Talking to The Sentinel, All Assam Health Employees' Association (AAHEA) general secretary SK Banik said: "While joining the job we have been spelt out our job responsibility as - District Joint Director of Health Services under the supervision and guidelines of block subdivision paramedical officer as an in-charge of all paramedical staff. However, the department stopped short of preparing any service rules for us, and that has landed us troubled waters."
According to Banik, health educators' duty is in fields where they are to carry out duties like supervision, training paramedical staff, imparting health education, motivating community members, job orientation and the like. "However, unlike other government employees in the State we don't get any TA for working in the fields. It burns big holes in our pockets while going to fields for duty. Despite the pay commission recommending TA for us to the Health and Family Welfare Department, the government is yet to start paying us TA," Banik said, and added: "The file in this connection has been gathering dust in the Audit and Fund Department for years together. A committee that was formed to look into the issue did mention that 'employees spending their salary money for going to field duty is most injustice' meted out to them."
Banik said that they have long been demanding the payment of their TA like other employees, and upgrading them as from health educators to health education officers. He said on November 1 the AAHEA will hold its executive meeting at Guwahati where they will chalk out their future course of action.
The problems of the MPW are no different. Since they have been working under no service rules, officials of the health department have been using their services for a motley of works. Such employees are not aware of their promotiol system. They are meted out with injustice.