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Health workers plan stir

Ranchi, May 3: Nearly 62,000 contract employees under Jharkhand Rural Health Mission (JRHM) have decided to launch an indefinite statewide strike from June 2 to press for a seven-point charter of demands that include regularisation of services, payment of arrears and wage revision.

This will be the fourth strike, which will be preceded by other forms of agitation, by the workers since July 2013.

“On May 19 and 20, health workers will sport black badges and on May 21 and 22, they will go on a pen-down strike. The next day, they will gherao the NRHM mission director. On May 24, they will take out a candlelight march at their respective places of posting,” said Jharkhand Rajya NRHM Anubandhit Karmachari Sangh president Rahul Pratap.

On May 25, the staff would beg as a form of protest and on May 29, they would gherao Nepal House, the office of the health secretary. “From June 2, we will go on an indefinite strike,” Pratap added.