Lift strike or lose job

The health department has decided to terminate the services of contractual paramedics if they don't call off their strike by Friday.

By Shuchismita Chakraborty in Patna
  • Published 8.12.17
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Principal secretary, health, RK Mahajan at the news meet. Telegraph picture

Patna: The health department has decided to terminate the services of contractual paramedics if they don't call off their strike by Friday.

Principal secretary, health, R.K. Mahajan on Thursday said the department would recruit new paramedics to replace those on strike if they don't resume work by Friday. Necessary proceedings for the same would be initiated on Saturday. "We can terminate the services of the contract employees as per terms and conditions," Mahajan said at a press conference at the new secretariat on Thursday. "We are bound to take this decision, as patients are suffering."

Around 9,000 contract paramedics - including auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM), general nurse midwife (GNM) and Ayush doctors among others - of around 17,000 working under the National Health Mission (NHM) are on strike since Monday to demand regularisation of service and other demands.

"We accept their genuine demands," Mahajan said. "Those who perform will be given additional incentive (basically performance-based incentive) over their salaries. We are soon going to impose this. Besides, a decision has been taken to increase by 10 and 15 cent salaries of those who have completed three years and five years of service respectively. We are going to send this proposal to the Union government. Earlier, too, we had appealed to the employees, saying we are sympathetically considering their demands, but the demand of same pay for same work is completely illogical. The employees on strike are associated with the National Health Mission, whose terms and conditions are the same throughout the country. In case, the contract employees want some of the benefits provided to their counterparts in other states, we would consider it."

He denied that health services have been crippled.