Protesting LHWs return home after government assurances

Protesting LHWs return home  after government assurances

LAHORE: Hundreds of protesting lady health workers (LHWs) on Tuesday called off their sit-in in front of the Punjab Assembly building after a team of negotiators from the Punjab Health Department assured them that their demands would be fulfilled.
The team of the Health Department consisted of Adviser to the Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique, Parliamentary Secretary for Health in Punjab Assembly Khawaja Imran Nazir, Health Secretary Babar Hayat Tarar, Health Services DG Dr Zahid Pervez and Dr Tanveer Ahmed.
The team assured the health workers that their job would be regularised and their overdue salaries of two months would be released during the next week.
They said that a bill for the regularisation of LHWs would be presented in the next session of the Punjab Assembly for approval. The lady health workers after getting these assurances called off their sit-in.
Lady health workers from all parts of the province started reaching the city on Monday morning and gathered at the Jinnah Park before staging their protest demo and a sit-in on The Mall.
Earlier, Lady Health Workers Employees Association Punjab President Rukhsana Anwar had said that they were forced to take this course, as the Punjab government was not paying any heed to their single demand of regularisation. She claimed that the Supreme Court had ordered the provincial government to regularise all LHWs in 2013, but the government failed to implement the order even after a lapse of one year.

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