SHILLONG, July 22 - The field staff of GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) have called of their strike following an emergency meeting with the Meghalaya Government here today.
The meeting was held between the field staff and Health Minister AL Hek here in which it was decided that a committee would be formed to look into the grievances of the workers.
The committee would be headed by the Health Secretary as the chairman and also include the Managing Director National Health Mission and other officials from the Transport and Labour departments.
It would also include four members from the workers side and three from the management. �We want that health services is maintained at all cost. So we are glad they have called off their strike and work has resumed from this evening,� the Minister added.
The committee would first look into the demands of the field staff and try to find a resolution within the next two months, EMRI employees said after the meeting. The first meeting of the committee would be held here on July 25.
The field staff have given a 36-point charter of demands, which included salary hike, transfer of management from GVK to the State Government, stop transfer of staff, replacement of old vehicles, service rules and others.
Hek said after the meeting that he held a separate meeting with the management of GVK and asked that status quo should be maintained as far as the showcause notices, termination letters and transfer orders given.
�While the committee deliberates on finding a resolution to the demands, status quo will be maintained in case of show cause, termination and transfers orders issued by the management,� Hek informed.
Earlier, State Governor Tathagata Roy promulgated the Meghalaya Essential Services Maintenance Act which prohibited field staff of EMRI to go on strike. Nonetheless, the workers did go on a strike from Friday and services were disrupted to an extent.
Hek said the order would be in place as the Government doesn�t want the health services disrupted in any way.
He also informed that there is a shortage of ambulances and the Health department has placed a request before the Chief Minister for more ambulances.