NHM employees extend strike by 144 hours

NHM employees extend strike by 144 hours
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: National Health Mission (NHM) employees on Thursday extended their strike for next 144 hours amid the deadlock on negotiations between the government and the protesting employees continues.
The employee association took the decision at Pratap Park on the thirty day of their sit-in-protest. They also burnt their degree certificates in protest.
Expressing dissatisfaction over their meeting with the health minister and the higher officials of the department, the NHM employees said they won’t let the government “trick us” into calling off the strike without giving a written “assurance on meeting our demands.”
Musadiq Rafiq, Vice President J&K National Health Mission Coordination Committee, said, “We have already held three meeting with health minister Bali Bhagat. We are demanding from the state government to regularise us. But we did not get any proper response from him.”
He added: “We have also burnt our degrees. It is the mark of our protest.”
Rafiq further said, “We have requested the government from time to time to regularise our services as per Supreme Court ruling but they did not pay heed to our genuine demands.”