About 110,000 contractual employees working under the National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care have been regularised. The decision will be applicable from July 1 and was made by the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Regularisation of Contract and Daily Wages Employees on Tuesday.
The committee was informed that the total cost of regularising the employees would be around Rs17. 2 billion per year.
Due to the high cost, Punjab had initially opposed the move.
The majority of employees that are working under this programme are lady health workers and low-level employees.
The programme was initiated by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the workers have been asking for regularisation since the beginning.
They also staged several protests across the country to press for their demands. A few months back Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had also taken suo motu notice of the issue.
The meeting, chaired by Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Ahmed Shah, was held at the Cabinet Block and was attended by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Programme Shahnaz Wazir Ali and representatives from all the provinces.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2012.
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