NHM employees’ strike enters 14th day

NHM employees staging protest near Press Club, Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/ Rakesh
NHM employees staging protest near Press Club, Jammu on Tuesday. -Excelsior/ Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 2: Thousands of NHM employees including employees from Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), J&K State AIDS Control Society and other schemes of NHM today continued their strike on 14th day across the State.
As usual, demanding their regularization, the employees assembled near Press Club Jammu and raised slogans against the false promises made by the Government for framing a job policy for them.
“Since the launch of NHM Scheme in J&K in 2006, the State Government has failed to frame out a draft policy of regularization for NHM employees whereas only verbal assurances were made in favour of them time and again”, the protesting employees said.
Chief spokesperson, Joint Action Coordination Committee, Faizan A Tramboo informed the media that Government of J&K is not paying any heed to their genuine demands and forcing them to take aggressive measures to project their demands, which will be not beneficial for anyone, especially the needy and poor patients.
He said that in past nine months they have been betrayed multiple times through hollow statements and empty promises by the Health Minister and higher authorities of Health Department and now they need concrete documentation and formal policy safeguarding interests of all categories of employees including doctors, paramedics and management.
The protesting employees asserted that they have been approaching the State Government and the concerned departments from the last many years seeking a policy for their regularization but no one paid heed to their demands.
The NHM Association president Rohit Seth, president, RNTCP, Dr SS Sambyal and president, JKSACS, Nisar Ahmed Dar urged upon the Government to consider the genuine demands of NHM employees on priority basis, instead of giving them inhuman treatment otherwise the agitation will turn ugly faces in the coming days for which the State Government shall be held responsible.
“We are not going to suspend the strike unless and until our genuine demands are accepted by the State Government in writing with complete acceptance in a time bound manner”, they added.