SHILLONG, Oct 1 - Around 205 staff of the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) went on an indefinite strike from today for alleged non-fulfilment of demands. Emergency medical care has been hit following the stir as EMRI-run ambulances went off the roads.
The 43 ambulances in operation have been handed over to the authorities at the Meghalaya Institute of Mental Health and Nuero Sciences at Lawmali by the agitating EMRI staff.
President of All Meghalaya EMRI Workers� Union Roipar Kharawai said the employees have gone on an indefinite strike as the EMRI authorities as well as the State Government are not willing to address their problems.
The EMRI staff have placed several demands before State Health Minister AL Hek, including a hike in salaries, payment of arrears since 2017, strengthening of manpower and improvement of equipment.
Governor Tathagata Roy had promulgated the Essential Services Maintenance Act in July this year when the EMRI workers threatened to go on a strike.