JAMMU, Aug 31: Jammu Kashmir Female Multipurpose Health Workers’ Welfare Association, Jammu province observed strike and staged a sit-in protest on 4th consecutive day in the office of Deputy CMO Jammu to press for its demand of permanent solution of salary head 2211.
Led by Neelam Kumari, president, FMPHWs Welfare Association, the protesting employees were raising anti-Government slogans for not fulfilling their long pending demands including permanent solution of salary head 2211, release of pending salaries, delinking the CSS salary from the funding sources (Corpus-delinking), release of pending salary since March 2018, fixation of job functions of FMPHWs at par with other working categories of Health Sector, up gradation of the post of FMPHW on the analogy of Pharmacist, Lab Tech X-Ray Tech, Dental Tech and Ophth Tech.
They also demanded creation of post of LHVs in new PHCs, publication of seniority list of FMPHWs in the official website of the Health Department for bringing transparency in promotions, 50% quota to be allotted in favour of trained LHVs at par with MMPHSs promoted as Health Educators and amendment of SRO 20 dated 20-04-1992 which is pending in the administrative department for last 27 yrs.
Among those who take part in the protest were Surya Akhter, Sapna Gupta (general secretary), Kamla Devi, Soma Devi, Pushpa Devi, Swaran Kour, Rani Devi, Urmil Devi, and Mamta Devi. All the participants unanimously decided to extend the strike till September 1.
The dharna was also staged by the Female Multipurpose Health Workers in every district of the province. Raising slogans in support of their demands, they said that they will continue their protest till a permanent solution is found out for Salary Head 2211 and their other demands fulfilled.