Labour commissioner asks BMC pay CHVs as per minimum wages Act

Written by Laxman Singh
| Mumbai |

September 12, 2020 10:39:58 am

Around 4,000 CHV staff related to BMC have been paid a measly Rs 5,000 per month.

In a significant aid to the poorly paid group well being volunteers (CHVs), the state labour commissioner’s workplace has ordered the BMC to pay them as per the minimum wages Act of Maharashtra.

Around 4,000 CHV staff related to BMC have been paid a measly Rs 5,000 per month, which was lately elevated to Rs 9,000 following protests. Once the order, dated September 7, is carried out, the CHVs can anticipate to be paid upward of Rs 15,000 per month.

The order additionally directed the BMC to pay Rs 32.87 crore as arrears from 2015 to 2016 inside 15 days of the discover. The labour commissioner’s workplace has agreed that the present quantity paid to them is lower than the minimum wages.

The round 4,000 CHVs working with BMC in over 200 well being posts play a vital position in implementing well being schemes in slums and residential complexes. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they’ve been tasked with contact tracing, quarantining contaminated sufferers and following up with them.

They fall beneath ‘Local Body (other than village panchayat)’ scheduled class of notification of Minimum Wages Act, which was issued on February 26, 2015 by the state authorities.

The Mahapalika Arogya Seva Karmchari Sangathna (MASKS), a commerce union physique that had filed a declare earlier than labour commissioner’s workplace in 2016, mentioned that it’s a lot wanted aid. “The BMC has been asked to pay Rs 33 crore as penalty for not implementing the Act. Also, as per our calculations, Rs 100 crore as arrears from mid of 2016 to 2020 should be paid to these CHVs. We are very happy with the order as these health workers are getting what they deserve,” mentioned Prakash Devdas of MASKS.

“Now, we will try to resolve pension and provident fund issues,” he added.

When contacted, BMC Executive Health Officer Dr Mangala Gomare mentioned that she will not be conscious of the order and should verify.

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