Protesting Lady Health Workers (LHWs), who have gathered at D-Chowk Islamabad, from across the country and their sit-in continues from the past few days. They are determined to march towards the parliament as the second round of talks with government did not produce positive result. A delegation of these workers led by the union head Rukhsana Anwar has met twice with high official of Health Ministry and apprised him of the genuine grievances and demands of these workers. But the government is making verbal promise and is not willing to ink a written agreement. Rukhana Anwar disclosed that government is threatening to use brute force against the LHWs. If PTI government, which has adopted an oblivious attitude towards the hardship faced by low paid government employees, does this foolish and inhuman act, then the opposition will get more ammunition for its street politics.
LHWs perform their duty of polio vaccination always confronted with attacks of militants. They are the frontline warriors in polio eradication and several of them have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. They deserve better salary package and protection.
Never ever in the history of Pakistan any government has shown such an obliviousness towards the plight of low paid government employees, particularly the vulnerable women employees. Although in the past food inflation did not rise with galloping speed yet previous government used to increase the emoluments either by giving adhoc relief or pay scales revision. An unprecedented adhoc relief of 50 percent was given by PPP government in 2012-13 annual budgets and it was its leadership that persuaded the stubborn Ishaq Dar, finance Czar of PMLN government, to merge it in the pay scale, while announcing federal budget of 2017-18. Perhaps the current ruling leadership is devoid of milk of humanity.