The National Health Mission Employees Association Joint Coordination of NHM RNTCP &JKSACS (JKNHMEA) today said that, the NHM RNTCP JKSACS employees have been tirelessly working on the frontlines and it was the high time to resolve the issues they are confronting for long now.
The Association has decided to hold weekly symbolic protest across all the hospitals of J&K in order to press for their demands.
In a statement issued here, JKNHMEA said, that NHM employees have been at the forefront of all challenges the state has faced over a period of more than the last one decade.
The President JKNHMEA, Muneer Andrabi said, with an aim to highlight our plight and press for urgent resolution of our demands, the Association has decided to hold weeklong symbolic protests in all hospitals of the state.
“To start with a social and mainstream media campaign shall be held from the 20th of May, Wednesday. Brief symbolic protests shall be held by NHM RNTCP JKSACS staff holding message placards and wearing message badges and black bands on top of PPE gears,” he said.
All district presidents shall ensure wide publicity of the protests via electronic, print and social media.
“All employees shall actively share and disseminate the protest pictures/videos and other messages on all social media platforms. The powerful message shall be displayed to draw attention towards the services and sacrifices of NHM RNTCP &JKSACS employees,” he added.
Chief Spokesperson, JKNHMEA, Abdul Rauoof said: “Be it conflict situation, unrests, floods, and health-related emergencies, NHM employees have never said ‘NO’ to any challenge, despite being faced with gross discrimination.”
He went on and said, that once again, we are at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 despite working against meager wages, and without any kind of job or social security.
The authorities concerned have been apprised about the exploitation and inequities of the doctors, paramedics, and managerial staff are facing, “however, the authorities have done little to address our grievances,” he said.
Andrabi said that the government of J&K had, in January 2018, given a written assurance about all the demands and sets up a group of officers for redressal of our demands,“However, despite the passage of more than 2 years, the redressal of our burning issues are still pending.”
“We appeal Hon’ble Lt Governor Shri G C Murmu, Advisor of Hon’ble Lt Governor Shri Bhatnagar, Chief Secretary Shri BVR Subramanyam, Financial Commissioner H&ME Shri Atal Dulloo and Mission Director NHM, Shri Bhupinder Kumar to expedite the resolution of demands,” Abdur Rouf said.
The demands include: Formulation of a job/regularization pyolicy, enhancement of wages of all categories of NHM RNTCP &JKSACS staff, provision of social security benefits to all categories.