Karthik Madhavan

Three counsellors work under the TNHS project

ERODE: State Government is yet to pay salary arrears to the three counsellors working under the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project at the Government Hospital here.

Sources at the GH told The Hindu that the Government had not yet paid the July 2008 September 2008 salary, which amounts to Rs. 45,000.

Under the World Bank-assisted Project the hospitals the Government selects will get three counsellors, who will work round-the-clock and be managed by a non-government organisation.

The Government will pay the counsellors Rs. 5,000 a month if the hospital has Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Neo-natal Care facility and Rs. 3,000 in the case of others.

The women counsellors in Erode GH take turns in two shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to guide out-patients on availability of services and investigation facilities in the hospital, offer explanations on doctors’ notes or prescription, counsel women before and after delivery, on family welfare, etc. They will also offer their services to in-patients.

The sources said in addition to the counsellors’ salary, the Government had also not paid for three quarters the supervisors charges of Rs. 5,000 a year, paid quarterly in equal instalments.

And, it had also not reimbursed the telephone charges of Rs. 500 a month from April 2007.

In Erode GH, the task of managing the counselling centre is with the Erode Blood Donors Club, which has been at the job since July 2006.

Sources at the hospital attributed the delay in paying salary arrears to payment procedures. “Following some action the hospital and the project officials had to take in 2007, the salary had not been disbursed.”

They added that to help the counsellors get the salary arrears, the hospital management had forwarded a letter to the project officials, who were looking into the issue.