By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: The National Health Mission (NHM) employees of Jammu and Kashmir are going for a 72-hour strike from Wednesday to press for their demand of a regularization policy.
Abdul Rauoof, spokesperson for the All J&K NHM Employees Association said that the government had left them with no other option.
“We have already given ultimatum to government to concede our genuine demands, but due to their non-serious attitude, we have no other option than to go for sit-in protest strike across state, from March 1 to March 3 and the strike may be extended if government again fails us,” Rauoof said.
Rauoof said they have been approaching the state government and the concerned departments from the last five years seeking a policy for regularization of NHM employees “but unfortunately our government doesn’t pay any heed towards our genuine demands”.
As part of the protest program the employees will also stage the sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Lal Chowk.
“We will leave no stone unturned and fight till our rights are not given to us,” Shaheen Nawaz, president of the association said. “Genuine right for regularization, equal pay for equal work, regularization of services, social security benefits like EPF leave benefits etc. In case our genuine demands are not met we would launch state wide agitation.”