Srinagar: On the call of All India NHM Union, National Health Mission employees across J&K observed a day-long strike on Thursday seeking redressal of their long pending demands including regularisation of services.
The employees working under the mission in hospitals across the state suspended work bringing the healthcare delivery system to a halt.
The hundreds of employees assembled at CMO offices across the valley, raising slogans in favour of their demands. The employees marched holding placards demanding regularisation of services, implementation of SC guidelines on equal pay for equal work and accord of pending commitments made to the employees by Govt of J&K in January 2018.
Apart from regularisation the employees have been demanding leaves, EPF, NPS and other social security benefits at par with their regular colleagues.
“It may also be recalled that many of the commitments made to the employees by the then Minister for Health & Medical Education on 22 January this year remain unfulfilled till date, which compels us to endorse the strike call”, said the employees’ representatives.
President of the Association, Muneer Andrabi, urged the authorities to initiate steps to redress the grievances of the employees with regard to job security, financial security and social security, “so that we are able to put in our best and concerted efforts for achievement of objective of the Mission”.
He said the employees are not interested in hitting roads but the official apathy is forcing them to resort to such means. “There is complete apathy on part of the government and nothing seems to move. If the government fails to address our grievances we may have to take harsher steps in future, the responsibility of which will squarely lie on the government”, he added.
The employees urged the government to fulfil all their demands within shortest possible time or face a state wide agitation.