By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: For the last 12 days as doctors, paramedics and other staff associated with National Health Mission (NHM) are on protest demanding a policy for regularization, health centres across the valley have been badly impacted.
The protesting employees include a good number of female staff, who have not been spared the batons over the last ten days.
The female employees wondered how police could use force on peaceful protestors raising genuine demands, especially when the state was headed by a female chief minister.
“Our CM is also a female. On the one hand she talks of Beti Bachaw and she is using water cannons, tear gas, and lathicharge on us. We are here for our genuine demands.” said Rukiyah Farooq
“Now if we continue strike in coming days she may use pellets on us,” she said.
A staff Nurse from Khanyar hospital said they were consistently getting calls to join duties.
“ From last 12 days we are here we are receiving calls from higher authority if you cannot came hospital you will be terminated ,your salary won’t be released and so on,” said Sana
“Our CM is also a female she knows how a female suffers whether it is in-laws or in maternity ward, we appeal her please look into the matter,” Sana said.
A lab technician from Baramulla said she has been getting calls from relatives and friends after her photo went viral.
“I was in SHMS hospital for three days as my face burned because of the tear gas shell. Yesterday my photo got viral in social media and everyone is questioning what I am doing. I am not pelting stones, they used these type of force. We all suffer even hospitals also suffer because of NHM staff is not present there Police itself cannot use these type of force till then they have order,” she said.
A delegation of protesting NHM employees met with health minister Bali Bhagat in Jammu today and apprised them of their problems.
Abdul Rauoof, spokesperson for the all J&K NHM employee association said they have received will take a decision by Tuesday.