NHM (National Health Mission) employees have extended their ongoing pen down strike for further 72 hours throughout the state to press their demands to regularize them.
The pen down strike and protest that started from 20th of this month has been affecting the patient care in rural and urban areas with people facing a lot of inconvenience.
The Joint Employees Coordination Committee of NHM, RNTCP, NACO & Other Schemes of Health Services warned government of severe agitation if their demand was not met.
Spokesperson of Joint Employees Coordination Committee NHM Abdul Rouf announced the decision to extend the 72 hours today at Press Enclave here where NHM employees are protesting for last three days.
It is pertinent to mention that NHM employees are working for last more than 10 years and they are demanding regularisation of their services.
The employees threatened state wide agitation, in case their demand for regularisation is not fulfilled.
The protesting employees said that since the launch of NHM scheme in J&K in 2006, the state government has failed to frame a draft policy for regularization of NHM employees' services, whereas only verbal assurances were made in favour of them.
The demands of NHM employees have been supported by many trade union groups like Employees Joint Action Committee (Q), Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), J&K Health & Family Welfare Employees Confederation, Society of Consultant Doctors Kashmir, and Government Pharmacist Association Kashmir.