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Demonetisation: Cash-hit Cumballa hospital delays salaries

10:49 AM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Mumbai: Nearly 80 employees of Cumballa Hill Hospital at Kemps Corner have not received their salaries for the last six months which is causing them severe problems.

Interestingly, the hospital claims the situation has been precipitated due to demonetisation, while the problem of non payment was first reported in June this year.

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A senior staff member of the union said that various employees like nurses, ward boys, sweepers and security staff are among those who are affected the most. Now the situation has worsened after demonetisation. “We have approached the management on various occasions and demanded they should pay our salaries, but we still have not received even one month’s salary till now,” he said.

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The staffer revealed that as a result of this problem, around 40 employees have already quit from the hospital. “Those working are finding it difficult to sustain themselves because their daily expenses are mounting,” he said.

One aya said that she had fallen sick a month ago and had no option but to pawn some of her family jewellery in order to pay the bills. “People work to support their families but in our case, instead of adding to the family income, we are forced to borrow from them, she revealed. She added, they all approached the management and have been given an assurance that the salaries will be paid soon.

When queried on this issue, Dr Snehal Kansaria, chief executive officer, Cumballa Hill Hospital, admitted that the salaries have not been paid but claimed it has been only since three months. “It is well known that there is a severe cash crunch due to demonetisation and there is no money to pay anybody,” he said.

The CEO added, they have already spoken to the staff and have assured them that the salaries will be paid as soon as possible. “We have never denied that to pay their salaries but they must also be more understanding and wait till funds are available,” he said.  The CEO admitted that the business is affected because of which they do not have enough funds.

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