Andhra Pradesh

Outsourced hospital staff demand salary arrears from agency

GGH Superintendent made it clear that the institution has no say in the staff’s pay and job matters.

GGH Superintendent made it clear that the institution has no say in the staff’s pay and job matters.  

Contract on supply of manpower was abruptly terminated, they allege

The outsourced staff of the Government General Hospital and the Anantapur Medical College in the security and sanitation wings are yet to receive five months of salary from the agency that had employed them.

On Monday, 47 of the outsourced staff of the security wing represented to the GGH Superintendent that Jai Balajee Security Services (P) Limited had cheated them and not paid their salaries since May 2019.

The Tirupati-based agency had annulled its contract with the State government on the supply of manpower. These employees had been removed from service after some of them working for almost five years and others one and a half years, they said.

The aggrieved security personnel told the media that now a new agency was likely to get an agreement done with the State government and their jobs were in danger as the new agency proposed to employ new people without taking into consideration their seniority in the service at these institutions. When asked about the issue, hospital Superintendent M. Ramaswamy Naik told The Hindu that he was not in a position to finalise the contracts or ensure payment to the workers.

“Money is paid to the agency for the number of persons employed by it, but if it reduces the total amount paid or removes some personnel, it was not under the control of the principal of the Medical College or Hospital Superintendent,” Dr. Naik said.

The government itself had asked for reduction of security and sanitation staff and out of 67 persons employed earlier, 20 were surrendered to the agency and even the remaining 47 were removed by the agency.

Hiring an agency was in the ambit of the State government and is finalised at Vijayawada, he added.

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