NHM Employees call off strike after assurance

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Srinagar: Over 8,000 National Health Mission Employees on Tuesday ended their 35 day strike following assurance by the health minister.
Abdul Rouf, the spokesperson of NHM, said that they have decided to call off strike and resume their duties after their meeting with Health Minister Bali Bhagat, Minister of state Asiya Naqash and Principal Secretary Dr Pawal Kotal on Monday in which almost of their demands were agreed, except for regularisation.
He said that the six demands were agreed by the health minister in the meeting which include Insurance policy of Rs 10 lakh, Maternity leave benefits for female employees for a period of six months, paid leave of one month, Medical leave for 15 days, paternity leave for 15 days and ex gratia benefits.
“We have decided to suspend ouqr strike from 24th January to 5th February. Now, I request all the employees of NHM to attend their duties till 5th February,” Rouf added.
Health Minister Bali Bhagat on Monday had announced on social networking site Facebook that NHM employees have decided to call off the strike after a two hour meeting with him , MOS Asiea Naqash and other officials.
Rouf also said that a committee headed by chief secretary BB Vyas has been framed to form a concrete policy for our regularization.
“If we receive any formal order from the government in coming days regarding our regularization, we will call off our strike completely, else the strike will continue after Feb 5,” he said.

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