The Joint Employees Coordination Committee of NHM and other health schemes including RNTCP, NACO continued their strike on the eight day of their protesting programme (pen down strike) today throughout the state.
In a statement here today, its spokesman Abdul Rauoof condemned what he said the brutal use of force by the police on the NHM employees "who were protesting peacefully at press colony Jammu."
Rauoof said, "Such kind of brutal acts by the government will not weaken us but will make us stronger and we will fight till the time our demands are met."
To mention, the NHM employees are working for more than a decade and are demanding regularisation of their services. Due to the strike, the health services have been affected at government health facilities across the state with patients facing lot of inconvenience.
Meanwhile, the protesting employees threatened to intensify their "agitation" in case their demand for regularisation is not fulfilled.
Rauoof said, "It is because of our hard work and dedication that the state has been ranked as no. 1 in primary health services. But when it comes to our genuine demands, the government is not ready to address them."