Day-4: Striking NHM employees keep pressing for demands in Jammu
Jammu: While the National Health Mission (NHM) Employees have called off their strike in Valley, it is however, continuing to press for their demands in Jammu, where the strike has entered into day-4.
The striking employees are demanding regularization of their services, immediate benefits like-inclusion in 7th pay commission, social security benefits, transfer policy as per Ladakh model and conversion of Data Entry Operators into regular NHM Employees.
The employees on Thursday continued with their protest demonstration at Press Club Jammu on and reminded the State Government of the long pending primary demand of Regularization and continuous neglect of Government towards genuine demands of NHM Employees.
Meanwhile, Wednesday, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called a meeting with high power committee of NHM employees.
“In this meeting governor listened to the genuine demands of NHM employees in peaceful manner, Governor assured the high power committee that all the genuine demands will be considered within days,” a statement issued here said.
It said that the NHM committee decided to continue peaceful protest “till any positive response is given by Governor Office.”
All NHM Employees have decided to extend peaceful protest up to 72hrs from 18 to 20 January at press club Jammu in support of their genuine demands.
In March 2017 there was a 15 days strike after which a committee of 4 officers was formed vide order no. 151-HME of 2017, dated: 15/03/2017 to look into the demands of NHM Employees which had to submit its report within 2 months. “But instead of working towards resolution of demands the said Committee played a very negative role through dilly delaying tactics and did nothing for almost 9 months,” the statement said.
All JK NHM Employees Association, the statement said, stands firmly “with every Employee and will not hesitate in exploring possible options, including legal as well to safeguard the future and livelihood of every NHM Employee.”
“We reiterate the long pending demand of regularization of NHM Employees, and seek implementation of 7th Pay Commission for NHM Employees as has been already done in case of other central sponsored scheme like SSA (SarvaShikshaAbhiyan) so that the financial plight of low paid NHM Employees can be improved to some extent,” the statement added.