The upsetting news came from the capital of India, Delhi. Injustice towards nursing staff all over India is not resting. The nursing staff of the Rajan Babu TB hospital was not paid salaries, allowance, and benefits since June 2020. ‘Nursing News India’ covered the same kind of news earlier also. You can read it here.
The plea has been filed in Delhi High Court against NDMC (North Delhi Municipal Corporation) seeking justice for them. The Delhi HC on 4 November deferred the hearing. Presently it is planned to happen on 6 November.
According to PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed, the nursing staff at the following centers of NDMC have not been paid their monthly salaries:-
- Clinical units
- Crisis centers
- It has been due since June.
Not only this, but the plea also included seeking directions for the following incentives which are arrear since the start of 2016:
- Modified Assured Career Progression
- Leave Travel Concession
- Dearness allowance
- Central Pay Commission Bonus
Similar petitions were already filed and were headed by Justice Hima Kohli. Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan’s division bench was handling the case, previously. Now it has been transferred to Justice Hima Kohli.
The nursing staff is working as Corona Warriors since the dawn of the pandemic. Their working actions have been diverted since March 2020 towards the control of corona virus. The Nursing Personnel have been by and by all in all working vivaciously. They contribute by directing home visits, virtual network gatherings, contact following, putting together COVID-19 tests, comorbidity assessment, guaranteeing standard drug, defaulter patients visits, record upkeep, and so forth. The plea also said that it added the nursing staff, as per the administration conditions, are legally qualified to consistently get the monthly salary, alongside all the related recompenses and advantages. “The Article-21 of the Constitution of India, 1950 ties the respondents to guarantee a climate to serve in the different emergency clinics, dispensaries, clinical units, polyclinics, and so on for the nursing faculty with (sic) opportunity and nobility,” it said.
According to PIL filed, the Nurses Union previously tried to settle the matter with NDMC. The advocate, Tarun Sharma, represented them on October 7, 2020, before NDMC asking them to release all the arrears but all in vain.