TEZPUR, July 19 - Contractual health workers engaged at the Kanaklata Civil Hospital here since the last 15 years today threatened the authorities, including the Health Department, that they would commit suicide if their long-pending demands were not fulfilled within the next month.
As many as 74 ward boys, ward girls and cleaners have been working in the civil hospital for the last 15 to 30 years on a contractual basis in return of a minimum honorarium, and have been demanding the government to regularise their jobs.
Many governments had made pre-poll commitments of fulfilling their demands, but nothing has happened till date.
Protesting against the government�s lackadaisical attitude, the contractual health workers alleged that though they were given commitments for regularisation of their jobs, the authorities were now appointing new people on a permanent basis against their posts.
The health workers said many of them are to attain superannuation soon and some have already died, but their posts have not yet been regularised. �We served in the hospital with dedication with a hope of a permanent solution to our jobs, but it has proved to be a dream. So, we have no other option but to commit suicide for which the government will be held responsible,� a health worker said. Meanwhile, the hospital�s Deputy Superintendent Dr Nilakshi Das said every possible step will be taken to regularise the posts of the contractual workers.