Kohima, June 14: The State Cabinet is meeting on Sunday to take stock of the situation arising out of protest by junior doctors.
Government source said State Cabinet is meeting on Sunday is to take stock of the situation. The doctors appointed under National Health Mission (NHM) have threatened to cease work from today in protest against the State Government’s decision to regularize doctors who were appointed a couple of months back. The decision of the Government was to mitigate shortage of doctors in the State, but the agitating doctors said the decision was arbitrary and discriminatory in nature.
On June 11 the State Government had taken decision to regularize the service of 19 serving contract Medical Officers under the Health & Family Welfare Department, and regularization of 27 existing Medical Officers who have been engaged by the Department for a period of one year.
The National Health Mission Employee Association (NEAN) has decided to go for indefinite total cease work with effect from today till the Government takes appropriate decision.
The association has been demanding regularization of NHM employees; parity of pay 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 questioned the State Government 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 their services since the inception of NHM in 2005 and even more during this COVID pandemic where all the frontline workers are mostly NHM employees.
The NEAN has 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.
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.
The State Government has also decided to create 143 posts of Staff Nurse and age condonation of 28 Staff Nurse and fresh appointment to be made against the sanctioned posts.
The Cabinet said this is a onetime relaxation of laid down rules and procedures for recruitment, regularization and condonation of age. The one time measure is in view of prevailing situation in the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic and should not be treated as a precedent. (Page News Service)