NHM employees demand framing of job policy, salary hike 

NHM employees addressing press conference in Doda on Sunday.
NHM employees addressing press conference in Doda on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Jan 16: The National Health Mission employees (NHM) working in Health Department today demanded immediate formulation of job policy for all the employees working under the scheme.
Addressing a press conference in Doda, the senior leader and former District  president, Faizan Tramboo informed the media that employees under NHM, RBSK, RNTCP, JKSACS and other schemes under NHM like IDSP, NCD and others are working since last more than 15 years in J&K in different capacities included that of doctors, Paramedics and management staff.
Tramboo said that the NHM employees in the past has put all the demands before the Govts so many times for redressal and has also hit the roads score of times in order to press for their genuine demands which include formulation of job security and pay hike.
“The then Government constituted a committee of three brass officers in 2017 and 2018 to discuss and examine the issues like regularization policy in which one of the committee in 2017 already forwarded a draft proposal before the Govt through Finance Department for approval”, said Dr Hamid Parray.
The NHM employees further said that the employees working under different NHM schemes are doing commendable job in the overall health care delivery system across J&K especially in the remotest and in accessible areas since decades, adding that it is most heartbreaking to see that yet no mechanism is in place to regularize our services, despite the fact NHM employees constitute as being backbone of the Health department after giving valuable years of their prime youth in the service of people under NHM.
Dr Nasir Masood Indrabi informed that in the recent past, the Manipur Govt has taken an initiative to regularize all NHM employees against regular posts, so demanded that on the analogy of that initiative, it was high time for the LG Administration to rise to the occasion and give recognition to them by regularization of our services.
The NHM employees said that denial of the genuine demands of NHM employees since long and especially regularization, amounts to usurping their basic rights and right to equal wages for equal work, guaranteed under the constitution of India.
The NHM employees hoped that the LG Administration would take immediate action to concede to their demands and bring their services at par with other regular employees.
Those present in the press conference included Mohd Ashfaq, Surinder Kumar, Ashok Shan and Ajay Manhas.