Employees of National Health Mission held a candle light march here today to press for their demand of regularization.
The protest was part of their seven day long protest that started on 20th of December.
Protesters marched from Pratap Park to Press Enclave holdings candles and placards in a silent protest. Due to the strike of these employees, the referral of patients to tertiary care hospitals drastically increased which has led to the inconvenience of patients.
The employees threatened state wide agitation in case their demand for regularization is not fulfilled. It is worthwhile to mention here that since the launch of NHM scheme in J&K in 2006, the employees are demanding their regularization.
The employees said, "the State government has failed to frame any draft policy of regularization for us whereas only verbal assurances are made in our favour."
The employees toughened their stand on day seven of the protest program as more and more services are being brought into the ambit of the strike which had been exempted earlier.
Spokesperson Joint Employees Coordination Committee Abdul Rauoof said, "Because of our hard work and dedication our State was awarded No.1 State for Primary Health Services for last three consecutive years. Now in return if employees are asking for their dividends why government is showing cold shoulder and acting as a mute spectator."
"Government in 2002 regularized ten thousand teachers, if they can do that why are they denying us our right", he said.