NHM employees continue protest for regularisation

by Salma Masood

Srinagar

National Health Mission (NHM) employees on Monday again staged a protest in the city centre here demanding regularisation of their services.

NHM employees protest for regularisation

Hundreds of employees from all the districts of Kashmir Division gathered in Pratap Park in Lal Chowk Srinagar to continue their 25 days peaceful protest.

“Regularisation is our right. We have worked hard under NHM and justice should be delivered,” said the demonstrators.

Many employees have been discharging their duties for the past thirteen years. “Many of the employees have crossed the age of 40 and can’t sit in any other exam to avail opportunities. They have no options left to exhaust,” said Dr Sajad, who has been protesting for 3 years.

Mumtaza from Shopian came to participate in the protest with her 9-month-old baby boy. She said we all want regularization of our services, our lives have become difficult now.

“We do all kinds of work, be it immunisation, dressing, field work, house to house campaigning yet we are not given equal pay equal work,” says Sanjeeda, a paramedical staffer.

The employees have been demanding for regularisation and until a policy is framed they want equal pay for equal work as ordered by Supreme Court. “We have no job security or social security benefits and we have lost our peace of mind. We request the governor to take speedy action,” said a protestor.

Dr Mudassir Nabi, spokesperson All J&K NHM Association said, “The committee formed was to provide a feasible policy for regularisation within two months which they didn’t.”

“We are not interested in hitting the roads again and again but the official apathy is forcing us to do so. There is complete apathy on part of the government,” he said.

The association has been demanding the promise of former health minister Bali Baghat to be fulfilled.

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