Dimapur, June 13: The National Health Mission Employee Association (NEAN) has decided to go for indefinite total cease work with effect from June 14 till the Government takes a cohesive decision on their demands. This was decided in an emergency meeting held today in Dimapur.
The Association has been demanding regularization 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 & Family Welfare Employees.
The NEAN deliberated on the Cabinet decision wehre in around 27 medical officers were regularized after just 2 weeks of appointment even before joining their places of posting.
The NEAN questioned the state Governemnt as to why and how their services were regularized when they have hardly rendered their service in the delivery of health care in the state whereas on the other hand, the NHM employees have been rendering our services since the inception of NHM in 2005 and even more during this COVID pandemic where all the frontline workers are mostly NHM employees.
“We have been delivering health care services in the state for so many years with minimum salary and lack of any service benefits like HRA, ex-gratia, TA/DA etc. unlike the state counterparts without even job security on fixed remuneration on contractual basis of a period of 6 months which has to be extended based on performance,” a press release issued by NEAN president, Dr Sashinlo Magh and general secretary, Kewetso Kenye stated.
The NEAN stated that it had approached the concerned authority in writing or in physical form to regularize NHM employees, and also to give pay parity i.e., equal pay for equal work as the employee of the state along with basic employees benefit like HRA, ex-gratia, TA/TA etc but instead of listening to them, the state Government has randomly gone to recruit new employees and regularize them which shows the state Government’s nepotism, favouritism and discrimination towards the NHM employees.
Meanwhile, the NEAN submitted a memorandum to Commissioner & Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare demanding regularization 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 & Family Welfare Employees.
The Association stated that it has decided to go for indefinite cease work from June 14 till their demands are fulfilled.
In the memorandum, the Association stated that it had appealed to the authority on many occasion to address the grievances of NHM employees like regularization, pay parity with the State Health Employees, basic employees benefit etc. However, instead of addressing the issue of NHM employees who has been rendering their service with a meagre remuneration on contractual basis the department has gone to the extent of randomly appointing and regularizing services over ruling all service rules and laid down rules for recruitment on the pretext of COVID-19 pandemic.
This regularized employees have hardly rendered their services to the department, it pointed out. (Page News Service)