JAMMU, Apr 21: National Health Mission Employees Association (NHMEA), Jammu province today urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to revoke termination orders of the NHM employees.
Addressing a press conference here today, Rohit Seth, president, NHMEA Jammu province said that NHM employees had been employed by the Government under centrally sponsored scheme ‘National Health Mission’ on contractual basis.
He said they have been rendering their duties in remotest areas of the State for the last 10 years and that too at very meager salaries for which 90% funds are contributed by the Central Government and 10% by the State Government. Seth said time and again they pressed for their genuine demands before the Government in a peaceful manner but every time they were given fake promises of regularizing their services in a phased manner.
The Association president said last year the NHM employees went on a pen down strike for pressing their genuine demands after which the then Minister for Health & Medical Education convened a meeting with the Association members in presence of concerned senior officers wherein many decisions were taken regarding fulfillment of genuine demands of NHM employees and formal minutes of the meeting were issued and the matter was resolved and employees of NHM called off the strike and resume their duties.
“But to our utter disappointment, no formal orders were issued by the authorities for more than a year, which forced us to go for a peaceful pen down strike after which we were assured by the Governor that our genuine demands are under consideration and will be fulfilled in a proper manner,” he said, adding despite calling off the strike the employees of NHM were back stabbed by serving them termination orders and thus their source of sustenance was snatched.
Rohit Seth appealed Governor to look into the rightful demands of NHM employees and save them and their families from sufferings and starvation by way of issuing orders for revoking their termination orders.