Ranchi, Jan. 9: Around 62,000 contractual employees across the state launched an indefinite strike today, holding Jharkhand Rural Health Mission (JRHM) to ransom to mount pressure on the government for clearing their increments.
Agitating employees led by NRHM Anubandhit Karmachari Sangh staged demonstrations at all district headquarters. Also, a group of staff sat on a hunger strike near Birsa Chowk in the capital.
With auxiliary nurse midwives joining the protest, health services, including immunisation drives and antenatal check-ups, were badly hit.
Rahul Pratap, the president of the health employees’ union, held the administration responsible for the deadlock.
“We have been forced to call a strike after officials concerned did not pay heed to our demands. We will continue our stir until the government takes steps to clear our increments, which are pending for the past two years,” he added.
Mission director (JRHM) Manish Ranjan said, “We will try to find out a solution to the problem as soon as possible.”
In a related development, Dr Vishal Mishra from Karamtoli has filed an RTI plea with the NRHM in New Delhi, demanding to know rules of salary increment in different states and reasons behind delay in clearing payments of health workers.