SADIQABAD - The Lahore High Court Bar Association Bahawalpur has appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take a suo moto notice of the dismissal of Rahim Yar Khan’s dispensers for their reinstatement and early disbursement of their six-month salaries.

LHCBA Bahawalpur Vice President Khalid Bin Saeed and other lawyers including Muhammad Hanif, Ghulam Abbas, Abdul Qadir, Ghulam Qasim and Muhammad Iftikhar appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for redressal of the dispensers’ grievances.

Earlier, the 20 dismissed dispensers of Rahim Yar Khan Rural Health Centre threatened to commit self-immolation if they were not paid as they have not been disbursed their salaries for the last six months, despite the Lahore High Court orders.

Recruited under the Punjab Rural Support Programme, the unpaid dispensers said that they were facing starvation because of being unpaid for the long period though the LHC has declared their dismissal orders null and void.

About six months ago, the district support officer of the Punjab Rural Support Programme dismissed the dispensers on the pretext of having no budget to pay their salaries. The dismissed dispensers then had filed a petition with the court’s Bahawalpur Bench for their reinstatement. In its verdict, the court nullified the dismissal orders and ordered their immediate reinstatement.

The staff discharged their duties at hospitals and as polio vaccinators as well. They are also assigned emergency duties during natural calamities like floods and earthquake. However, for the last six months, they have not being paid thereby causing a great deal of difficulties for them and their families who are facing starvation. They demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Health Department authorities should immediately pay a heed to their grievances on humanitarian grounds.