JAMMU, JAN 8: All employees working under different flagship programmes viz. NHM, JKSACS, IDSP, RNTCP and NLEP etc, continued their strike on 20th day across the State. Raising slogans in support of their demands, the protesting employees informed that they would not call-off their strike until their genuine demands are accepted by the Government in writing.
The Spokesperson of the Association, Faizan A Tramboo informed the media that Government is not paying any heed towards their genuine demands and forcing them to take aggressive step, which would be harmful for everyone, especially needy and poor patients. The spokesperson informed that the Govt was playing with careers of the employees. “Time and again, we have been raising our demands at every forum but nothing has been done for fulfilling our demands. Earlier in March also, we launched a State-wide peaceful protest, which lasted for 15 days and was called off only after that the Govt framed a 4-member Committee to collect Charter of Demands from the Association and submitting the same to Govt by 15th May, but the Committee gave a deaf ear to the Government order and made it pride of their office’s dustbin. The association knocked every door and informed that the Committee is sabotaging whole process but nobody gave a hearing to us. So, we are left with no other option than to launch a State-wide peaceful protest against this gross injustice,” he added.
“Because of our hard work and dedication, the State has been receiving award for Primary Health Services from last three consecutive years throughout the country. Now in return, if employees are asking for their dividends, why Government is showing a cold shoulder and acting as a dumb/mute spectator”, he said, adding that NHM Employees has decided not to call off their strike till a roadmap/written proposal for regularization of services of NHM employees is issued by the administration.
Spokesperson further added that it is very unfortunate that the State Government has forced us to take such extreme step because of its negligent approach, non-seriousness and callous attitude in fulfilling long pending genuine demands of NHM Employees, who have been serving the Department since decades.
As per reports, the ongoing strike of NHM, RNTCP, JKSACS and other employees of NHM has badly hit the health care system as most of the health institutions are completely dependent on expertise of NHM employees, With the strike of NHM employees entering 20th day, health care in most of the hospitals in rural as well as urban areas has been affected badly.
The NHM Association President, Rohit Seth; President RNTCP, Dr S S Sambyal and President JKSACS, Nissar Ahmed Dar appealed to the Government for considering the genuine demands of NHM employees on priority basis, instead of giving them inhuman treatment, failing which the agitation will take an ugly turn in coming days, for which the State Govt shall be held responsible.