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8 EMRI workers hospitalised after hunger strike

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SHILLONG, Nov 1 - Eight employees of the EMRI-108 emergency services have been admitted to hospital following their indefinite hunger strike that began on October 29.

The agitating employees have been demanding a hike in their salaries, new ambulances and stretchers, apart from other critical care items.

The State Government, which has a standing agreement with GVK EMRI, has served a notice to the company on resumption of services. If the services are not resumed 60 days after the issue of the notice, the Government can cancel the agreement with the company as per law.

However, as the appointment of the employees is co-terminus with the agreement, their services will be terminated too if the agreement is cancelled.

Meanwhile, Health Minister AL Hek called a meeting today with the agitating EMRI staff along with representatives of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People and the Khasi Students� Union.

The agitating employees and NGOs blamed the State Government for the current situation and asked it to hold a round-table meeting with all the stakeholders to resolve the crisis.

President of the employees� union, Roipar Kharawai, demanded that the company should double their salaries from the present Rs 12,000 to Rs 24,000 per month. He alleged the 205 employees under EMRI have been providing the best health services to the people of the State, but the company was not willing to improve their living condition.

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8 EMRI workers hospitalised after hunger strike

SHILLONG, Nov 1 - Eight employees of the EMRI-108 emergency services have been admitted to hospital following their indefinite hunger strike that began on October 29.

The agitating employees have been demanding a hike in their salaries, new ambulances and stretchers, apart from other critical care items.

The State Government, which has a standing agreement with GVK EMRI, has served a notice to the company on resumption of services. If the services are not resumed 60 days after the issue of the notice, the Government can cancel the agreement with the company as per law.

However, as the appointment of the employees is co-terminus with the agreement, their services will be terminated too if the agreement is cancelled.

Meanwhile, Health Minister AL Hek called a meeting today with the agitating EMRI staff along with representatives of the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People and the Khasi Students� Union.

The agitating employees and NGOs blamed the State Government for the current situation and asked it to hold a round-table meeting with all the stakeholders to resolve the crisis.

President of the employees� union, Roipar Kharawai, demanded that the company should double their salaries from the present Rs 12,000 to Rs 24,000 per month. He alleged the 205 employees under EMRI have been providing the best health services to the people of the State, but the company was not willing to improve their living condition.

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