Srinagar: Hundreds of National Health Mission Employees (NHM) staged a sit-in-protest on Thursday at Pratap Park Srinagar pressing for regularization of their services.
The protesters, who are already on 72-hours pen down strike since Wednesday, assembled under the banner of Joint Employees Coordination Committee NHM, carrying placards and raised slogans demanding justice.
Abdul Rauoof, spokesman of the committee said that they have been asking government for the last six years to frame a concrete policy regarding their regularization.
“But unfortunately up to this date none of our demands have been fulfilled” he said. “In March 2017 we had gone on strike and ended that strike after government formed a four member committee to look into our demands but nothing happened in these eight months.”
“We want to know what policy government has drafted pertaining to our regularization in black and white so that we call off our strike,” he said.
He added that according to a Supreme Court ruling contractual employees are entitled for regularization of their services after serving for more than 10 years.
“Government knows this much better than us because these policies have been formed by government and by ignoring us they are contradicting own policies,” Rauoof said.
Health services in the valley have been badly affected by the NHM employee strike.
“Government has forced us to take this step otherwise we know our responsibility very well, and in the past we have been appreciated for the work we have been doing,” Rauoof said.
The protesting employees threatened to go on 144-hours strike if their demands were not met as soon as possible.