“Will go on strike after January 17”
By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: Resenting that no provision had been made for their regularisation in the budget presented by the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu on Wednesday, the employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on threatened to go on a strike after January 17.
“In April 2006 NHM scheme was launched in J&K. Nine years have passed but no policy has been framed yet. This budget has also not included our genuine demands,” said Abdul Rauoof, Spokesperson for the All J&K NHM Employees Association, at a press conference addressed jointly with representative of Doctors Association Kashmir, Health and Family Welfare Employees Committee, and Government Pharmacist Association.
Rauoof said the government was not serious about the future of 13000 NHM employees of J&K.
“Our state government has confirmed the services of all the contractual employees in terms of SRO 255 but no such policy or SRO has been framed by for NHM employees,” he said.
Raouf said that Union Additional Secretary and Mission Director NHM JK held a meeting with state health authorities on 7 May 2015 where they informed them that the regularization of NHM staff was a state specific issue and the policy had to be framed by the state government, and that the same had been recommended to the state government from time to time by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
“For SSA teachers there is a policy for regularisation but for NHM there is no such policy. The incumbent government had promised to us that our services will be regularized, but so for nothing has been done,” he said. “We appeal Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to consider our demand and give respite to all of us.”
“In last five years there have been three casualties but no compensation or policy has given to those who died,” he said.
Shaheen Nawaz, President of the NHM employee Association 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. Nawaz said 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.
DR Mir Mushtaq Spokesman of DAK said they supported the demands of the NHM employees.
“We are with them,” he said.