NHM staff wear black bands during IPPI campaign, Demand regularization

NHM staff wear black bands during IPPI campaign, Demand regularization

By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: The National Health Mission (NHM) employees of the sate observed black day during the ongoing pulse-polio campaign to press for their demand of regularisation of their services.
The employees including doctors, program managers and paramedical staff wore black armbands during IPPI campaign to protest against the “callous attitude” of the authorities towards their “genuine demands”.
“The incumbent government had promised to us that our services will be regularised, but so for nothing has been done. We appeal Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, health minister and finance minister to frame a regularisation policy within a short period of time,” said Abdul Rauoof, Spokesperson for the All J&K NHM Employees Association.
Earlier the association had said that it would go on a strike if their demands were not met by January 17.
Rauoof said that the strike was delayed because of bad weather.
“We observe pulse polio day as a black day because we want to remind the government to look into the matter and solve our problems. Due to the bad weather we could not go for the strike but in next week along with Jammu association we will decide on the future course of action,” Rauoof  said.
Earlier this month, Shaheen Nawaz, President of the NHM Employee Association had said that if the authorities did not look into the matter by January 17, the paramedical would go for a three day strike which will be extended if demands were not met.
“The NHM employees including doctors, paramedical and management staff working with zeal and zest have been denied their genuine right for regularization equal work and equal pay equal pay for equal work, regularization of services, social security benefits like EPF leave benefits etc,” Nawaz said.

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