SRINAGAR : Number of National Health Mission Employees of Doda District under the banner of All J&K NHM Employees Association District Doda today held a strong protest and observed complete pen down strike in the District and was demanding regularization of their services.
Earlier, the NHM Employees from Block Ghat, Assar, Thathri, Gandoh and Bhaderwah besides NHM Staff from CMO Office and District Hospital gathered at CMO Office Doda.
Speaking on the occasion, President of the NHM Employees Doda Faizan A Tramboo said that the aim of holding this protest and strike is to inform the State Govt as well as concerned authorities about the genuine grievances of NHM Employees which it has not conceded so far forcing us to go for protests and strikes.
The main demands which were highlighted in the protest included immediate regularization of NHM employees, maximum increment be given to all NHM Employees and practice of taking affidavits annually from the NHM Employees must be stopped at an earliest.Further it has been informed that more than 15000 employees are working in J&K under different schemes of NHM and most of them have already crossed the age of upper limit, adding that NHM is the only backbone of health care system so Govt should acknowledge them and regularize their services.
Criticising the State Government for its callous approach, the NHM Employees demanded formulation of a comprehensive policy to regularise their services.
There is a dire need to chalk out a regularisation mechanism fornhm employees, including doctors, paramedical and management staff working under NHM in the state,Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ Faizan A Tramboo said. He said our employees are paid only one third of emoluments in comparison to their counterparts in the state which needs to be enhanced substantially keeping in view the nature of their duties and price escalations.
The strike call was supported and joined by Development Front Doda President Ishtiaq Ahmed Dev who also appealed the State Govt to frame comprehensive policy for regularization of NHM Employees.
Later on, protestors marched through out the market of Doda holdingplaycards in their hands and blocked the road near Deputy Commissioner Office Doda due to which traffic remained off for an hour. After the timely intervention of Distt Administration, the protestors ended the protest peacefully.
Pertinent to mention here that NHM Employees through out Jammu Division and Kashmir Division are observing three days complete pen down strike from 20th Dec 2017 to 22nd Dec 2017in support of their long pending demands and would extend it if Govt fails to resolve the issue of NHM Employees.
Those who spoke on the occasionincludes Dr Nasir Masood Indrabi, Dr Hamid Parray, Dr Farhat Abass, Mohd Akhter, Dr Shazia, Javed Iqbal, Firdous Amin and Mushtaq Ahmed Khan.