JKMEF stages dharna, highlights burning issues of employees

JKMEF leaders during a sit-in protest at Sub District Hospital Bhalwal in Jammu district.
JKMEF leaders during a sit-in protest at Sub District Hospital Bhalwal in Jammu district.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 11: Jammu Kashmir Medical Employees Federation (JKMEF), Block Bhalwal organized one-day dharna under the chairmanship of its president, Kuldeep Singh, to highlight burning problems of Medical employees who are fighting with the COVID -19 pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, Kuldeep Singh highlighted various demands including early conduct of DPC of all the categories pending for last four years. He said that DPC is supposed to be held twice in a year but despite repeated representations and deputations, authorities did not bother to conduct the same.
He asserted that the DPC of employees should be clear at par with the Government Medical College/Drug and Food Organization on the pattern of executive order passed by the administrative department till the SRO-20 is not amended.
Singh said that the front line workers of the Department who lost their life while fighting COVID -19 are deprived from the compensation/insurance announced by the UT Government which has demoralized the spirit of the employees.
The JKMEF leader also highlighted other demands including release of pending salary of the Female Multi Purpose Health Workers which is due for last 5 months, registration of Government pharmacists under New Central Pharmacy Act 1948 and amendment in SRO 20 the file of which is gathering dust in the civil secretariat for last 30 years.
While addressing the dharna, Sushil Sudan (J&K president of JKMEF) and Federation leader Mahesh Sharma urged the UT Government to consider the demand of the medical employees at the earliest. Those who attended the dharna were Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Babli Devi, Rekha Rani, Sudershan Kour, Buti Singh, Shiv kumar, Neeraj Deonia, Maqbool Mashi and Mulkh Raj.
Kuldeep Raj (Chairman, BDC Bhalwal) and Raj Dev Singh Jamwal (Sarpanch Bhalwal) visited the dharna site and assured full support to the employees.