Thousands of employees of National Health Mission (NHM), J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) and Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and others schemes of National Health Mission demanding regularization of their services, assembled here near Press Club on 7th day of their strike and held protest demonstrations.
During protests employees raised slogans against the false promises made by the government for framing a job policy for the employees of these organizations.
Spokesperson of the association, Faizan A Tramboo informed media persons that state is not paying any heed to their genuine demands and forcing them to take aggressive measures to protect their demands, which will be not beneficial for anyone, especially the needy and poor patients.
He said that in past nine months they have been betrayed multiple times through hollow statements and empty promises by the Health Minister and higher authorities of Health Department and now they need concrete documentation and formal policy safeguarding interests of all categories of employees including doctors, paramedics and management.
The protesting employees asserted that they have been approaching the state government and the concerned departments from the last many years seeking a policy for their regularization but no one paid heed to their demands.
"Because of our hard work and dedication, our State is being awarded No 1 State for Primary Health Services from last three consecutive years throughout the, country. Now in return if employees are asking for their dividends why Government is showing cold shoulder and are acting as a dumb/mute spectator", he said, adding that the NHM Employees has decided not to call off the strike till the Government come out with a roadmap/written proposal for regularization of the services of the employees of all the three schemes.
Meanwhile as a mark of protest, NHM employees came out on the busy Jewel Chowk road and cleaned windshields and windowpanes of private vehicles and buses besides a free medical camp was also organized by the protesting NHM Employees where the doctors examined hundreds of patients and free medicines was also distributed among them.