The Delhi High Court on Saturday decided to hear the Delhi Nurses Union plea seeking release of salary since October 2020 for the protection of the legal rights as enshrined in Articles 14, 16, 19 (1) (g) & 21 of the Constitution of India.
A divisional bench of the Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh will be hearing the plea through video conferencing. The plea alleging that nursing personnel working in the Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis of the respondent, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, presently involved substantially towards the control of the Covid-19 pandemic as corona warriors have not been paid the monthly salary since October 2020.
Earlier another PIL had been filed seeking payment of the salary since June 2020, whereas, as per the order, the petitioners were able to ensure salaries of nurses till the month of September 2020. However, the salaries of the nurses working with the hospitals of the respondent corporation have again not been released since October 2020, the plea stated.
The plea further stated that
“the Nursing Personnel have been presently collectively working vigorously in the detection of the Corona Virus Disease as well by conducting Home Visits, Virtual Community Meetings, Contact Tracing, Organising Covid-19 Tests, comorbidity evaluation, ensuring regular Medication, Defaulter Patients Visits, Record Maintenance, etc.”
The bench will hear the matter on January 11.