Kohima, June 15: As the indefinite ‘cease work’ of National Health Mission (NHM) employees in Nagaland continued to impact the health services in this COVID-19 pandemic, a meeting of NHM Employees Association Nagaland (NEAN) and officials of Health and Family Welfare Department (HFW) failed to arrive at any conclusion on Monday.
According to a release issued by NEAN, in continuation with the grievances and memorandum submitted to the State and Department for necessary redressal of the demands submitted by the NHM employees, the Association had a meeting with the Head of Department and officials from the HFW today.
“It was very unfortunate that no concrete decision, commitment or Assurance could be provided by the Principal Director HFW and the Mission Director NHM Nagaland based on the demands put forward by the NEAN,” it said.
NEAN, therefore, felt pertinent and compelled to take up the issue at the higher level for a positive commitment and assurance for taking action on the demands for regulation of service, parity of pay and equal treatment for all other facilities with state health service.
The NEAN after thorough deliberation had decided to continue with the total cease-work since there was no positive outcome, stated the release.
In this connection, NEAN has appealed to one and all to “understand the hardships and step-motherly treatment meted out to NHM employees even after dedicating their service for the society for so many years especially sacrificing their life during this COVID-19 pandemic and with meager remuneration and accordingly seek the support of the public”.
Deeply regretting the inconvenience caused to the public due to the ongoing cease-work, NEAN expressed that the grievances of NHM employees have never been positively addressed or taken seriously, despite repeated request to the esteemed authority time and time again.
“The Department all these years has treated the NHM employees with step-motherly treatment,” it said adding “year after year, we have been assured verbally to redress our grievance without any positive outcome”.
“While the department continues with illegal action and treats us as second class citizens, we are expected to always be the yes men. There is a limitation to the level of hardship and tolerance. We feel for the people and shall serve our people, but not before redressing our grievances,” the NEAN statement said.
NEAN has also put forward a special request to the public to understand and fully support this movement by the Association in a humane way.
“We are confident that the general public will support us, because we have tried our best to serve the people even with meager fixed salary and step-motherly treatment by the Government, until faced with the extreme illegal action of the Government,” NEAN maintained. (Page News Service)