MODI’S SLOGAN FAIL

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MODI’S SLOGAN FAIL “EQUAL WORK EQUAL PAY”

 

Report; Debaranjan Samal,Sub Editor

 

NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION NURSES STRIKE ON 10TH DAY IN ODISHA 

ANGUL,26/12/17: Healthcare facilities in government hospitals across the state got Seriously affected as around 2200 staff nurses working under National Health Mission (NHM) went on an indefinite strike last 10days, demanding regularization of their jobs. The nurses, most of who are deployed in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Sick and Newborn Care Units (SNCU), alleged that the state government ditched them several times by giving false assurances.

 
"The government has been playing with us for last several years and giving false assurances. This time we are not going to call off our strike till our demands are fulfilled," said Rajalaxmi Parida, a NHM staff nurse.


She said, a meeting with the government last Monday remained inconclusive as it demanded another six months to fulfill their demands. "We are not going to wait for one more day even," she added.

The association said all nurses would wear black badges from December 28 to January 2 and would take to the streets if their demands are not fulfilled even after that.
 

While president and secretary of the Nursing Employees Association backed away from the strike, other members of the body have continued the stir at the Lower PMG Temporally merge with “KRANTI ODISHA” despite the NHM MD warning to take action against the agitators as per contract if they do not join duty in 24 hours. 

“Our agitation has entered its Tenth day however the Central government and State government has turned a blind eye. We will not return home and do whatever it takes,” said an agitating nurse.  

The nurses alleged that despite being engaged in all emergency and critical care services like ICUs, SNCUs, casualty wards and operation theatres apart from part of all welfare programmes government did not pay heed to their demands. 

"Though we have same qualification and training as regular staff nurses and have been doing similar work but our salary is much less than their counterparts in regular job. Besides, we are not getting any other service benefits unlike them," said a Staff nurse. 

NHM staff nurses get remuneration of Rs 10,700 a month while regular government staff nurses get between Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 including dearness, house rent and uniform allowances depending on their seniority. The agitating nurses recruited under NRHM are demanding regularization of their jobs, up gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts in the private sector and filling up of the vacant nurse’s posts. 

There are instances of regularizing contractual employees engaged in special projects in different departments but state government has been ignoring their demands, alleged the staff nurses.

 

 

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