National Health Mission Employees’ Association says it would go for ‘total cease work’ if pending salaries are not released by March 5

Kohima: The National Health Mission Employees’ Association has warned the state government that if the pending salaries of the workers are not released, it will cease work by March 5.

The health workers, through a press statement, notified that salaries of members have have not given since December last year. It said that it would go for “total cease work” if the pending salaries are not released by March 5.

“It has been learnt that the state had already received the first installment from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, government of India (GoI), on December 24, 2019, for the financial year 2019-20 but, till date it is lying at the state treasury,” the statement read.

It added: “As per GoI letter No. D.O. No. G.27017/6/2015-NHM (Fin) dated June 7, 2016, from additional secretary and mission director, NHM MoH&FW, GoI to the chief secretary and also, in the month of November 2017, director (Finance-NHM) MoH&FW, GoI had written a letter to the principal secretary and mission director vide letter No. D.O. No. G.25020/1/2017-18 (NHM-Finance), that the funds from the state treasury to state health society (NHM) account must be transferred within 15 days of receipt of funds from government of India.”

The statement claimed that on September 10, 2018, the association had submitted a representation to the chief secretary, chairman of the governing body of State Health Society, NHM, demanding the release of fund from state treasury to state health society within 15 days.

“But, the same trend of delayed fund flow has been observed, till date. This adversely had impacted on the performance of NHM programmes and activities (mission mode with conditionals) which in turn has affected the output leading to disincentives, as well, from GoI. Therefore, keeping in view the unprecedented constraints and hardships being faced by the NHM employees, the association appeals the government to release the pending fund as stated,” it added.

It further appealed the state government to reserve fund for remuneration component for a minimum of three months and to adhere to the financial norms, as mandated by Centre for the smooth functioning and positive outcome of the programme.

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