Kerala Public Health Department workers and health inspectors have said that they would start protests, as they were not considered in the salary revision as per the 11th pay commission. According to reports, these employees will leave official WhatsApp groups and refuse to attend official events after work hours, protesting the neglect.
Nearly 12,000 health inspectors and nurses working in the field of public health and maternity care sector were allegedly neglected under the 11th pay revision. Adding to this, the 108 Ambulance staffs have alleged that they have not received their salaries again. The employees filed a complaint stating that GVK EMRI, contracted with the Kerala government, has not paid their salaries. Reportedly, 108 ambulance staff members in Ernakulam have gone on leave protesting the non-payment of salaries.
Reportedly, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ambulance drivers and staffs worked tirelessly despite not getting paid. According to several sources, the company was paying the staff members on time, but it depended on the government to release funds, thus, delaying salary payments. Due to this delay, the staff found it difficult since they could not buy essentials during the lockdown period. The monthly income of 108 ambulance employees comes up to Rs 16,450 per month.