Port Blair, July 4: There has been a delay in payment of monthly wages of staffs working under National Health Mission, the Frontline Health Workers. The staffs include Doctors, Staff Nurses and other paramedical staffs who are directly providing lifesaving care, especially in remote and rural areas. In this COVID situation, they work day and night fearlessly by risking their life but they are still waiting for their salaries from last three (03) months.

Taking up the issue with the Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, the Hindu Rashtra Shakti said that the Government of India had started National Rural Health Mission to improve rural health, which is now updated to National Health Mission. Under this Mission, several Doctors, Nurses and the Para-medical staff are serving their best for the welfare of the people since long time. During this present situation of Covid-19, the frontline workers are giving their best wherever posted in the Islands. Moreover it is a grim situation that they are not paid timely which is affecting their livelihood and families.

The National Health Mission in the islands have State Health Society and three District Health Societies. The Hindu Rashtra Shakti requested the Lt. Governor to make arrangements to immediately release the payment, which is delayed from last 03 months at the earliest please.