Irfan YattooSrinagar, Feb 12:
Police on Tuesday foiled the protest march of National Health Mission (NHM) employees who tried to march towards Raj Bhawan from the Pratap Park.
Holding placards with ‘pro-justice’ slogans written on them, hundreds of NHM employees from across Kashmir gathered here inside the Pratap Park to press for fulfillment of their demand of regularization for the 30th consecutive day.
As the protesting employees tried to move towards Governor’s residence (Raj Bhawan) and reached MA Road, police swung into action and resorted to lathi charge to foil their march.
As per witnesses, police used pepper gas canisters towards agitating protestors foiled their march causing inconvenience to commuters and traffic jam in the city centre.
The employees have been protesting for their regularization across the state from the past one month but there has been no reply from the government in the matter so far.
There are 8000 NHM employees including doctors and paramedical staff working in hospitals and due to their strike patient care in district, sub-district hospitals, primary health centres (PHCs) and sub-centres has been affected.
However, NHM employees said they will continue their strike till their long pending demands are not fulfilled. They demanded a written assurance of the regularization of their services.
Chief spokesperson, J&K National Health Mission Employees Association, Abdul Rauoof said they have been moving from pillar to post for their regularization but things have remained unchanged on the ground.
“We are suffering. The employees are insecure. The government has neglected us and failed to fulfill the commitments from the past six years,” he said.
As per him, their demands had been acknowledged many times by the government but there has been no headway forcing them to choose the path of agitation.
In March 2017, after their strike, the State government had set up a committee to look into their regularization demand which submitted its report to the government in January 2018.