Golaghat, Feb. 28: The employees of National Rural Health Mission observed a daylong strike here today to press for fulfilment of their demands.
About 600 employees, excluding those engaged in emergency duties, joined the strike called by the NRHM Employees’ Association, Assam.
The employees demanded regularisation of service, introduction of service rule, salary structure on a par with government employees, benefit of contributory provident fund scheme, medical and insurance facilities and difficult area allowance to all categories of staff.
Dipon Chakraborty, secretary of the Golaghat unit of NRHM Employees’ Association, said their executive committee meeting on February 23 had decided to observe a five-day strike from March 1 against non-fulfilment of demands but the protest was preponed, keeping in mind the greater interest of pulse polio campaign that commences from March 2.
“A memorandum was submitted to the health minister on November 23 last year stating our demands but our grievances are far from being redressed. We are the backbone of the health department and we want to convey to the govern- ment that if our demands are not met immediately, we shall be forced to launch a full-fledged non-cooperation,” Chakraborty said.
“The provision of provident fund scheme is mandatory in any organisation employing more than 20 persons, according to the Employees’ Provident Fund Act 1952, and that is why we are demanding the benefit of contributory provident fund to all National Rural Health Mission employees from their date of joining,” Chakraborty added.
There are approxi- mately 16,000 employees, including medical, para-medical, non-medical, programme management and ASHA supervisors, working under National Rural Health Mission on contractual basis in the state since its inception in 2005.