Rural pharmacists continue protest

Ludhiana, June 27

Rural pharmacists continued their protest against the government and boycotted their Covid duties.

They are demanding regularisation of their services. Since no conclusion could be drawn during the meeting with Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, they are continuing the protest. The next meeting with the minister is scheduled on Tuesday. Today, the pharmacists protested outside the ADC office.

Harjinder Singh, general secretary, Rural Health Pharmacy Officers’ Association, said they would not lift their protest till a written notification was issued.

Since the Covid outbreak, rural pharmacists across the state have been assigned duties but they have no job security and are working on a contractual basis. Rural pharmacists are now demanding regularisation of their jobs.

Bagga Singh, another member of the association, said they were doing their duties by putting their lives in risk that too without any job security.

“We have been working under the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department on a contractual basis. There are 1,186 dispensaries in the state and rural pharmacy officers are getting a meagre amount of Rs 10,000 as salary every month. In 2006, the government made rural dispensaries under the Panchayati Raj and after passing of 14 years, they are still working on a contractual basis. Our demand to regularise our services is genuine as they are working on a contractual basis since long,” he said. — TNS