Medical Employees Federation stages dharna for demands

Medical employees staging dharna at District Hospital Reasi on Thursday.
Medical employees staging dharna at District Hospital Reasi on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent
REASI, Feb 23: In continuation of its series of protests, members of Jammu Kashmir Medical Employees Federation today held a day-long dharna at District Hospital Reasi, under the leadership of JKMEF State president Sushil Sudan.
The protesting Medical employees raised slogans in support of their demands, which include enhancement of retirement age of Para Medical  staff at par with Doctors, release of salary of staff working under 2211-Family Welfare Scheme, enhancement of posts of District Pharmacy Officer and Block Pharmacy Officers, enhancement of FTA from Rs 45 to Rs 2000 to Basic Health employees, creation of posts in Block Headquarters and CMO offices, removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre and other categories, regular DPC of all categories, amendment of SRO 20 pending for the last two decades, creation of posts of LHVs in new PHCs so that FMPHWs are absorbed in such PHCs on promotion.
While addressing the dharna, Sushil Sudan said that the Medical Employees Federation has been forced to start peaceful struggle to get its long pending demands addressed. He threatened to intensify the struggle if no action is taken on their demands.
Vinod Kumar Sharma, general secretary JKMEF and Mohd Aslam Choudhary, president Lab Technicians Association, while addressing, said that despite repeated reminders and memorandum submitted to the higher authorities, no action was taken on their genuine demands.
Others, who  addressed the protest dharna, included Abdul Hamid Bhat (district president of JKMEF), Bhanu Partap (district general secretary), Naresh Sharma, Ram Lal, Mohd Afzal Wani,  Onkar Singh , Sarna Sayal, Sushil Kohli, Sardar Mohinder Singh, Mohd Sharif and Dheeraj Kesar.