Several frontline workers across India agitating, demanding unpaid salaries

While many employees working for the government and private sector have received bonuses ahead of Diwali, many frontline workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic are still protesting against the non-payment of salaries

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In Mumbai, the employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transportation Corporation (MSRTC) are protesting against non-payment of salaries since August. These are workers have been risking their lives while on duty during the pandemic. About 98,000 employees and their families have been impacted due to non-payment of salaries.

In Delhi, while the protesting resident doctors of Hindu Rao and Kasturba hospitals have finally been paid their salaries, the other healthcare workers, pensioners, teachers and workers of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, are still to receive their salaries for the past three to five months. The pensioners now claim that the funds meant for them were used to pay the doctors and are planning to go on a strike on November 9.

Earlier, doctors from several Delhi government hospitals including RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Maulana Azad Medical College staged a symbolic protest for two hours on October 27.

Elsewhere, in Vijaywada, employees of Vera Healthcare, which runs the intelligent Monitoring Analysis Services Quarantine (iMASQ) buses in Andhra Pradesh — who have been working throughout the pandemic — have not been paid their salaries since August. Some employees also claim that they have been told to look for other jobs. However, the Company has denied these allegations saying that no salary payments have been delayed for more than a month at max.