NHM employees protest against ‘non-fulfilment of commitment by Govt’ in Srinagar

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Srinagar

Employees working under centrally sponsored National Health Mission (NHM), Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) and National Aids Control Organisation (NACO), on Monday, blocked the road outside Press Enclave in Srinagar to press for their “genuine” demands.

NHM employees protest in Srinagar on January 14 2019, KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Hundreds of the employees in a joint protest halted the traffic movement after the protesting employees hit the main road outside press colony for redressal of their long pending grievances and against the non-fulfilment of commitments made by the government in last year. Pertinently, the health employees are on 48 hours of the strike.

The employees demanded the formation of a regularization policy, immediate implementation of Supreme Court directions of equal pay to equal on the analogy of SRO 384, the benefit of 7th pay commission implementation on Haryana pattern, full leave package, removal of disparity, full medical cover, and to issue social, financial security

“During the Assembly session, the minister has said that a proposal for phased regularization NHM employee has been sent to the finance department for approval since a year but the file continues to gather dust,” said association president Muneer Andrabi.

“We are qualified professionals, we do not want to come on roads or make people suffer. But the government’s disregard for insecurities is forcing us to do so. We approached authorities several times in last year but there is no result which forces us to do protest,” said vice president Dr Sajad Ahmad.

The employees further said that government had set up a group of officers to look into our demands including the issue of job security but there has been no movement whatsoever on this front and the group has even blocked the benefits already committed to by then minister like the creation of employees.

The employees raised slogans against the government‘s non-fulfilment of promises made to the employees on January 22, 2018, by the minister of Health Medical Education. Employees are working in different hospitals and health centres across the state was severely affected due to the strike of the employees.

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