Over 350 contractual nurses of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, called off their strike late on Thursday night after state health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh assured them of regularising their jobs.
During a marathon meeting between the minister and members of RIMS Contractual Nurses’ Union that started around 8.15pm and concluded at 11pm, Prasad promised the agitating nurses to present the matter before the state cabinet on July 28.
“He has told us that he would that ensure all official procedures for our job regularisation at RIMS are initiated by August 14. If not done, we are free to go on strike from August 16. Based on his assurances, we have called off our strike,” said nurses’ union president Ramrekha Rai.
Officiating director of RIMS Dr S.K. Choudhary sounded relieved.
“The nurses are back to work. It was a good decision on their part to call off the strike because otherwise the patients would have suffered,” he told The Telegraph over the phone on Friday.
But, not all are equally happy with the union’s decision. A section of nurses who feels that they have been fooled.
“We had decided we would not call off the strike on the basis of simple verbal assurances. We were supposed to ask for a written document. Then on what ground was the strike called off?” demanded Nita Kumari, a nurse.
Her colleague Sujata added that the union leaders failed to negotiate properly. “I do not think our jobs will get regularised now. If we had continued with the strike, there was a possibility of the government listening to us,” she said.
The contractual nurses had gone on a pen-down strike from Tuesday to mount pressure on the government for regularising their posts.