The cleaners who were engaged in various Covid-19 care and quarantine centres in Harisinga revenue circle in Assam’s Udalguri district are yet to their wages.

The state government had employed the cleaning staff in these centres on a temporary basis.

They have also submitted a memorandum to state health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma demanding regularization of their wages.

A total of 32 cleaners are yet to receive their wages for three-four months.

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These frontline health workers risked their lives to serve people infected with Covid-19 in different care centres.

These health workers alleged that they were temporarily engaged by the Udalguri joint director of health services, who had promised them remuneration of rupees 15,000 per month.

They, however, received their salaries for only three months.

“We have informed the officials concerned regarding the non-payment of our salaries, but the authorities are yet to take any initiative,” said Bipul Talukdar a cleaner who worked in Sonaigaon Covid care centre.

“We have not received our salaries for the past three months,” he said.

The state government had on several occasions, praised the cleaners and ward boys engaged on duty round the clock in different Covid care centres and quarantine centres across the state.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: