JAMMU, Mar 8: As part of their 72-hour long pen down strike, employees of National Health Mission (NHM) today staged a sit-in protest here near Press Club.
Hundreds of NHM employees drawn from various parts of Jammu under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir National Health Mission Employees Association assembled near Press Club Jammu and started raising slogans against the State Government for ignoring their genuine demands.
Protesting employees asserted that they have been approaching the State Government and the concerned departments from the last five years seeking a policy for their regularization but no one paid heed to their demands.
While addressing the employees, Rohit Seth, president, All J&K NHM Employees’ Association (NHMEA), said, “We will leave no stone unturned till our demands like regularization of services, equal pay for equal work and extension of social security benefits, are fulfill and in case our genuine demands are not met we would launch State wide agitation”.
He further asserted that NHM employees form the backbone of the health care delivery system in the peripheral institutions of State and due to selflessness work of NHM employees, J&K state received award for being number one in India under Primary Health Care for last three consecutive years.
“Some of us have given 10 years of service on contractual basis but Government is yet to take any decision about our future”, he said, adding, it speaks volumes about the step motherly treatment of the State Government with them.
Rohit Seth said that because of such attitude of the Government, they have been forced to take on to streets to highlight their demands. “Tomorrow is last day of our 72- hour long pen down strike and if the Government fails to fulfill our demands we may go for indefinite strike,” he added.