Kohima, June 13 (NE): National Health Mission Employees Association Nagaland (NEAN) on June 13, 2020 submitted a memorandum of NEAN demands to the Commissioner & Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland.
The NEAN called for indefinite cease work from June 14, 2020 for the injustice and unfairness mended towards the National Health Mission (NHM) employees at the time of pandemic, citing the incident where 27 GDMOs who were appointed on contractual basis for a year on 27th May 2020, are regularized on the ground of constraint of Manpower to contain COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to NagalandExpress, NEAN President, Dr. Sashinlo Magh said that the indefinite strike will continue untill the government meet the demands of the association. The NHM employees numbering around 1400 to 1500 will go for indefinite strike, starting tomorrow, June 14, 2020, he said.
The NHM has been working tirelessly on a fixed remuneration and contract basis for a long time and the same demands has been raised for many times in the past, but the government did not pay heed to the demands of the employees. The NHM employees are all trained in different health programs including COVID-19 and are given to COVID duties and quarantine centres, he said.
He also informed that this is the third time the NHM employees are demanding for regularisation and all basic benefit for the employees like HRA, TA/DA, ex-gratia, in line with the State Health & Family Welfare.
Through the memorandum, NEAN demanded three points for necessary action, which includes Regularisation of NHM employees, Parity of Pay (Equal Pay for Equal Work) with the State Health Employees of the same rank and all basic employees benefit to NHM employees in line with the State Health and Family Welfare Employees.