Demand for regularisation: NHM employees extend strike for 72 hours

Demand for regularisation: NHM employees extend strike for 72 hours
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DAK, JKDCC extend support

Arif Rashid

Srinagar: National Health Mission (NHM) employees demanding regularization of their services extended their strike for next 72 hours on Thursday
With the strike of NHM employees entering ninth day, health care in most of the hospitals in rural areas have been affected. President Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK), Dr Suhail Naik, along with other members visited the protesting NHM employees in solidarity at Partap Park,Srinagar.
Terming the protest as genuine demand of NHM employees, Dr Naik impressed upon the government to devise action plan for their regularization and simultaneously issue a circular of equal work, equal job benefits as per the directions of Supreme Court.
While reiterating full support to NHM employees, Dr Naik said that they are the backbone of health sector and DAK will be holding a symbolic protest by wearing black bands across the valley in support of NHM employee demands.
Dr Naik stressed on the government to resolve the grave issue of NHM employees at the earliest otherwise DAK will take some measures whose onus will lie on the government.
Vice president of National Health Mission employees, Dr Sajjad Qanungo said, “we know it may be difficult for government to regularise National Health Mission employees. Then they should give us equal pay for equal work as per Supreme Court directions.”
Meanwhile Doctors bodies like Doctors Association Kashmir, Doctors Association Jammu, JK Society for Consultant Doctors, Society of Dental Surgeons J& K , Private Practictioners Association, Chenab Valley Doctors Association criticized the Govt for nott fulfilling the genuinue demand of NHM employees. They said in a statement: NHM staff is an important component of healthcare system and the present strike has proved the importance and worth of of this NHM work force.”
JKDCC expressed displeasure over the use of force on the democratically protesting NHM employees and condemns the arrest of Provincial President Dr Rohit Seth and District President Anantnag Irfan Kadoo.
JKDCC urges the government to comply with the orders of honorable Supreme Court and provide NHM employees equal pay for equal work and other facilities like maternity leave on the pattern of other employees.
Dr Balvinder president DAJ, Dr Wangchuk ALDWA, Dr Nazir Wani JKSCD, and Dr Owais H. Dar DAK and Dr Imtiyaz Banday SDSJK have extended full support to NHM employees protesting democratically for their genuine issues.
JKDCC pledges to participate in the protest by wearing a black arm band.