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GANDERBAL: On the occasion of (Sparsh Leprosy Awareness Campaign 2019) which is also marked as Anti Leprosy Day, two weeks campaign inaugurated by representative (Mr.Mohmmad Yaseen Lone ,Joint Director) of Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal in Qamiria Higher Secondary Educational Institute Ganderbal.

It was organized by District Health Society Ganderbal. A rally of Health Workers and Asha’s was conducted by CMO Ganderbal from Qamiria Higher Secondary Educational Institute Ganderbal to CMO Office complex carrying placards, banners pleading awareness about the disease. The representative of Dy. Commissioner, Ganderbal spoke on the occasion and delivered the message on (Sprash Leprosy Awareness Campaign) which is also marked as Anti Leprosy day.

While highlighting the importance of the said programme, the representative (Mr.Mohmmad Yaseen Lone,Joint Director) of Dy. Commissioner Ganderbal stressed on creating proper awareness for self-reporting, timely diagnosis and complete MDT treatment of leprosy cases which is crucial for ultimate eradication of the disease at District and Block Level.

He also directed concerned institutions like Department of Education, Social Welfare Department, Panchayati Raj Institutions, NOG’s and other voluntary organizations to play their role in Sparsh Leprosy Campaign.

Besides, Chief Medical Officer, Ganderbal Dr.R.D Kasana, Dr.Nighat Yasmeen Dy. Chief Medical Officer, Ganderbal, Dr.Masrat  District Immunization Officer Ganderbal and Dr.Zahid Safdder spoke about the disease and the programme implemented by Government of India to prevent the disease.IEC activities will be carried out at District Level as well as Block level till 13th of Feb.2018.The programme was attended by District Social Welfare Officer, Health Workers, Asha’s and other civil society members.

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JAMMU: Today was 17th day of strike,. More than 4000 employees gathered at press club Jammu and raised the slogans in support of their long pending demands .The employees exerted the Honble Governor of  Jammu And Kashmir Sh Satya Pal Malik to fill full their demands where in His Excellency had promised and given a week’s time to resolve the issue of  long pending demands on 16/01/19 with a high level committee of NHM employees. The National NHM Employees Divisional President Mr Rohit Seth in his statement said “we have given 12 years of our precious time to serve the people at door step and the result of which have been witnessed that our state is being awarded as best performer in primary  health care among all the state of India.

All JK NHM Employees Association,(,JOINT COORDINATION OF NHM RNTCP,JKSACS,DEO’S Female employee including NHM employees from Kashmir division and from ladakh also joined us at press club  with their children’s at protest site and it was decided by the union that employees from Kashmir division who are not in a position to join protest in press club Jammu they will sit at their District Headquarters and Block head quarters for peaceful protest  NHM Employees  are eagerly waiting for the fruitful response of the government. In the mean time ALL NHM Employees have decided to extend peaceful protest up to 72hrs from 27 January to29 January   in support of their genuine demands.

Holding 17th  day protest demonstration at Press Club Jammu as a reminder to State Government of the long pending primary demand of Regularization and continuous neglect of Government towards genuine demands of NHM Employees.NHM Employees have been agitating since many years for the rightful and genuine demand of regularization. In March 2017 there was a 15 days strike after which a committee of 4 officers was formed vide order no. 151-HME of 2017, dated: 15/03/2017 to look into the demands of NHM Employees which had to submit its report within 2 months. But instead of working towards resolution of demands the said Committee played a very negative role through dilly delaying tactics and did nothing for almost 9 months.

On 20th December, 2017 again a state wise strike of NHM Employees began which continued till 22nd January 2018 and was suspended only after personal assurance and acceptance of all demands of NHM Employees by then Health Minister Sh. Bali Bhagat along with then Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal in meeting with the representatives of All JK NHM Employees Association at Civil Secretariat, Jammu. The same assurance was given by then Health Minister on the floor of State Legislative Assembly and conveyed via electronic and print media as well. After which a high level Group of Officers Committee was formed vide order no. 174 of GAD, dated: 29/01/2018 with a clear mandate for looking into demand of regularization and other demands of NHM Employees.

This high level group of Officers had to meet continuously from time to time with representatives of All JK NHM Employees Association for working towards resolution of issues. The other agreed immediate demands which also included immediate 20% salary hike, 6 months paid maternity leave for female NHM Employees, 1 month earned leave on pattern of Orissa model etc agreed by then Health Minister and signed by then Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal had to be implemented immediately through proper Govt Order but instead of this, these demands were very clearly and in deceitful manner referred to the Group of Officers Committee which was not required at all.

As per mandate mentioned in the GAD order the Group of Officers had to continuously meet from time to time with the representatives of All JK NHM Employees Association for working towards development of framework for regularization process. But till date, only one customary meeting has happened, approximately after lapse of 7 months from 22 January 2018, on 2nd August 2018 when Group of Officers met and then Mission Director NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh as well as Director Finance, H & ME, Mr. Rafiq Ahmad was also called. The minutes of this meeting issued were mere customary and superficial and did not deliberate seriously on the issue of regularization and also did not facilitate the issuance of necessary orders of accepted demands.

The decisions conveyed in the minutes of meeting were mere lip service and typical bureaucratic delaying tactics, instead of anything positive and concrete in favour of NHM Employees. NHM Employees continue to face persecution and harassment at all levels post strike in December-January 2018 through various means like withholding of salaries, not allowing off on Sundays, Gazetted holidays and intimidation like spoiling APR and threats like not extending the contract and various other means of harassment.

This is unacceptable and All JK NHM Employees Association unequivocally condemns such oppressive means which harass NHM Employees. All JK NHM Employees Association stands firmly behind every Employee and will not hesitate in exploring possible options, including legal as well to safeguard the future and livelihood of every NHM Employee. All JK NHM Employees Association again is reiterating the long pending demand of regularization of NHM Employees, and seeks implementation of 7th Pay Commission for NHM Employees as has been already done in case of other central sponsored scheme like SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) so that the financial plight of low paid NHM Employees can be improved to some extent.

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  • Demands of NHM Staff genuine

SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) in a communiqué said that it is high time that all genuine demands of Doctors of the state must be fulfilled and Government must abide by its order 340-HME Dated 01.06.2018 in which high level committee was framed to address the demands. Dr Suhail Naik, President DAK said that “the committee had to submit its report in one month time but eight months have already elapsed and committee failed to submit its report. The doctors across the state have time and again protested peacefully without any strike as we don't want our people to suffer for lack of health care services in strikes but authorities must not take this as our weakness”.

Dr Owais H Dar, General Secretary DAK said that “due to continuous strike by National Health Mission (NHM) staff , duties of regular staff have been stretched beyond human capabilities and capacities as lot of doctors and paramedics are put on continuous duties for many days and nights together for which we a continuously receiving distraught calls from such Doctors who are over exhausted by such type of inhuman working hours”.

Dr Arshed H Trag, joint Secretary further said that “all genuine demands of NHM doctors must be addressed at the earliest as peripheral health sector is on the verge of collapse due to their continuous strike which has exhausted the regular staff. Its high time that Government must jump in and frame a solid policy regarding the demands of NHM Staff so that the issue are settled once for all”.

Dr Mohd Yusuf Tak, convenor Jammu and Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) said and  “it is folorn that inspite of numerous representations our files are gathering dust at the Civil Secretrait,if our genuine demands are not fulfilled then we under the banner of JKDCC which includes all the doctors along the length and breadth of the state would be go on an indefinite strike.

DAK appeals the Hon'ble Governor of J&K state, Shri Satya Pal Malik and Hon'ble Advisor, Shri K Vijay kumar to take personnel interest in mitigating the long pending demands of doctors of the state or we would be forced to go on an indefinite strike.