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  • Says Govt committed to address their issues in a phased manner

 

JAMMU: As a sequel to his efforts of mitigating issues off employees, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today held second round of talks with the representatives of the NHM employees and discussed all their issues and demands. Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, IG Jammu, SD Singh Jamwal, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh, Additional Secretary, K.S. Chib and representatives of NHM, RNTCP and NACO employees were present in the meeting.

 

The Minister reiterated his appeal to the agitating employees to resume their work immediately as patient care in health institutions is suffering. He said and added that Government has already taken sympathetic view on their all outstanding issues, including regularization and moving gradually to address these complex issues. He said as per the outcome of previous meetings with the NHM employees, the Government had constituted a Committee of officers to examine their all issues on merit and the said Committee, along with other issues also recommended regularization of employees in a phased manner as it was difficult to regularize more than 8000 employees in one go, who are presently working in NHM and other related schemes in Health & Medical Education Department across the state which roughly involves a financial implication upto Rs. 225 crore annually. To begin with, under first phase, the Health & Medical Department also referred the case of 1020 employees to the Finance Department for its consideration which involved a financial implication of Rs. 27.41 crore annually. This development was also conveyed to the representatives of the employees from time to time.

Taking humanitarian view on their demands, the Government has also initiated some fresh welfare measures for the NHM and similarly situated employees, including extending the benefits of Accidental Insurance Scheme, EPF, paid medical leave for 15 days in an year, maternity leave in favor of the female employees which were not applicable to them earlier. Those drawing salary upto Rs. 15,000/- per month will be entitled for the benefits of EPF and Government will contribute the mandatory employer’s share as well. Besides, the government has already sanctioned 5% increment to all categories of employees and also proposes to enhance another 1% over and above, said the Minister.

He said “prolonging strike is unjustified and will not yield any result, but further aggravate the problems of the patients in the government health institutions”. He urged them to resume their work immediately as their all genuine demands will be addressed in a phased manner with all sympathies. He said NHM is a purely Government of India scheme and entire funding comes from the Centre and State Government has no direct control to tinker with this scheme. This fact is well known to all employees as well. As and when the recruitment under NHM is done, it is specifically mentioned in the advertisements that these posts are purely on contractual basis under a specific Central sponsored scheme, and that is whey an Affidavit is mandatorily obtained from each appointed employee so that they cannot stake their claim for regularization, he asserted.

However, keeping these things aside, the government is sympathetic to their demands and wants to address these, but adopting the tactics of putting unnecessary pressure on Government by way of frequent strikes and hampering health services is quite unjustified and uncalled for and Government views it seriously. He said, if the employees continue to strike even after the clear cut assurances from the Government, it reserves the right to take action under law against such elements who are instigating the innocent employees to resort to agitation path. The representatives of employees, however, did not give any indication to call of their strike immediately, but said that they would apprise the employees about the latest development and take a decision accordingly.

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SRINAGAR: Krack Productions, an independent Production based in Sopore in association with 'Blood Bank District Hospital Baramulla & J&K P.E.T Dar-ul-Salam Children's Home Sopore organised a Blood donation camp in Sopore. 40 Volunteer donors donated blood during the camp out of which 30 donars donated blood for the first time. Team Krack Productions & Staff of J&K P.E.T Children's Home also donated blood. District Hospital Baramulla & Krack Productions had jointly arranged refreshments for the donors. Trustees of J&K P.E.T were also present & encouraged the donors. 

The Donation continued for the whole day with full enthusiasm. Every donor had to pass through the preliminary medical tests like BP, Hb, Height, Weight etc before donationg the blood. The donors received donation certificates from District Hospital Baramulla as well. All thanks to the Volunteers of the camp & the donors who made this camp a mega camp & successful. We also appreciate the cooperation & coordination from medical team of the hospital. 

 

 

 

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SRINAGAR:  Doctors Association Kashmir(DAK) President Dr.  Suhail Naik in a communique said that National Health Mission(NHM)Employees are protesting for their legitimate and genuine demands since past 2 weeks but it seems Govt. is in deep slumber and instead of making a policy regarding their issues Govt. is using authoritarian approach by lathi charging the employees in which female employees are also not spared but are even manhandled. ”We condemn this approach of Govt. towards democratically protesting employees in the strongest possible words” Dr Naik said.

Dr Naik further said that “the authorities are presenting a rosy picture in front of Govt.  vis a vis present Health Dept. scenario but the fact is totally in contrast. Due to the shortage of staff working capacity of regular staff is being stretched beyond human limits as they are being kept  on night duty roster every second day which is humanly impossible and is against the National law. Even leaves of regular staff have been cancelled which is the “right” of every employee. Regular staff is excessively overburdened at present and are working beyond their normal capacity. If the Govt. doesn’t   take any concrete steps in solving the NHM Employees issue the time is not far off when the whole Govt. Health Dept. machinery will collapse.

Dr Naik further said that “we support the genuine demands of our NHM employees brethren especially equal pay for equal work and maternity leave benefits for female employees  and have asked our doctors to observe 2 hour pen down strike from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on 08/Jan/2018 i.e., Monday”. “All the Out Patient Departments (OPDs) will remain closed during this time barring casualty and emergency theaters” he further elaborated. DAK demands Govt. to make a policy regarding NHM employees issues so that justice is served to them otherwise we will have no other option but to aggreviate our protest further.