KL NEWS NETWORK
While the government is preparing for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, it has failed to pay “allowances” to the health employees who were sent to take care of the thousands of pilgrims that visited the holy cave last year.
Every year the government deputes hundreds of health employees, including doctors and paramedics, to Yatra duty when the pilgrims visit the cave, and pays them allowances besides their usual salary.
“However, our allowances have not been fully paid yet even though nearly a year has gone by. Only single instalment has been paid,” a delegation of health employees told KNS.
The employees said braving tough terrain and weather conditions that prevail along the Pahalgam and Sonamarg routes to the cave, they perform their duties and ensure the wellbeing of the pilgrims.
“Besides terrain, we leave our families at home during the time of the pilgrimage, and serve the pilgrims who visit from different states and take their care. And ensure they don’t fall sick or face any health problems. Despite that the government has not paid our allowances,” the employees lamented.
The appealed Governor N N Vohra, who is also the chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board, to intervene in the matter and assure them that their allowances will be released immediately.
Attempts to reach higher authorities concerned could not materialize as their phones were switched off.