Srinagar: After staying away from their duties for more than a month, National Health Mission (NHM) employees Tuesday called off their strike till February 5, after the government formed a four member committee to look into their demand of regularization.
Spokesperson, NHM employees Union, Abdul Rouf, while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that their representatives Monday held a meeting with MoS Health, Asiea Naqash, wherein their demands were discussed threadbare.
“All of our demands, including the major one, which is the regularization, were discussed,” he said.
“A four member committee was formed on the spot, committee, which will look into the recommendations put forth by the previous committee. There will be the members from Health department, Finance and GAD in the committee,” the spokesperson said.
The committee has been given the mandate to study the financial implications of the process of regularization and will come up with a time-frame in this regard.
“The phase-wise regularization of the NHM employees is what the government is considering as of now,” an insiders said.
“The government order in this regard is awaited and we are expecting that it will come out in a day or two, and till then we have called off the strike,” the NHM employees spokesperson said.
During the meeting, apart from regularization, other perks which the regular employees are getting, were approved.
“Benefits of maternity leave for female workers and other perks that the regular employees are getting, were approved on spot,” he said.
Earlier, the government had said that the demands of NHM workers are being considered and the committee that was formed to look into the matter had recommended phase-wise regularization, which is the demand of the protesting health workers.
However, the government claims were contested then by the employees union, saying that no committee was formed and had termed the statement as ‘time buying gimmicks.’