Kohima, June 15: The Government of Nagaland has extended hands to the agitating health workers for negotiation to break the impasse.
Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said the Government is ready to talk with the National Health Mission Employee Association (NEAN), who have ceased work since Sunday in protest against regularization of newly appointed doctors to mitigate the shortage of doctors in the State to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. But he regretted that the association went on a lightning strike without coming for a talk with the Government.
Rio said the Government is ready to look into the grievances of the health workers serving under National Health Mission (NHM) even as they are salaried by the Government of India.
“We will consider what is possible,” he asserted, adding that it is time for everyone to serve the community. He said health workers serving under NHM have their own guidelines.
Rio said posts for appointment of doctors was advertised and some doctors serving under NHM also submitted, some with incomplete documents. He said post creation was made opened for all, including NHM. “I am hopeful the issue will be resolved,” he said while addressing a press conference today.
The Chief Minister said owing to acute shortage of doctors and nurses, the Government has also taken a decision to recruit 53 fresh doctors and 143 nurses to help manage the pandemic. The salary expenditure for the new posts is estimated at Rs 11.07 crore annually.
The Health & Family Welfare Department has already invited the agitating association for talk, while also warning health workers under NHM to resume their duty or face action. (Page News Service)