Pune: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Kutumb Kalyan Karmachari Sanghatana (ABKKKS) for NGOs working with the State Family Welfare Bureau (SFWB) staged a one-day protest against blocking of funds to volunteers who have been working in various state-run projects.
Members said there has not been any increment since 2004 they are not included in the Sixth Pay Commission.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Pradeep Dixit, President of ABKKKS said there are several unresolved issues.
“The SFWB issued a letter on April 23, 2018, which stated that no decision was made at the State government-level regarding blocking of funds to employed persons who are working for schemes of the SFWB. A letter issued by the SFWB on April 16, 2018, stated the funds will be discontinued. These two orders are conflicting. And now all employees’ jobs are at stake,” said Dixit.
Underlining the importance of these volunteers, Dixit said the projects by SFWB such as providing polio doses are carried out by these employees.
“Since 2004, we have not received an increment of even a single rupee. If the funds are stopped we all would go jobless. There are only 170 people volunteering now. Other NGOs who worked with the SFWB have already shut as the employees were not getting any money,” said Dixit.
A worker from Seth Tarachand Ramnath Hospital said she receives only Rs 4,500 per month even after working for last four years.
“For first two years, I received an increment of Rs 55 and now that has stopped. We are not included in the Sixth Pay or Seventh Pay Commission and hence we get less pay. We are expected to get the inflation fund as well but that has not been given to us either,” she said.