DIPHU, Dec 1 - The All Assam ANM (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) and Lady Health Supervisor (LHS) Service Association, Karbi Anglong unit has embarked on an indefinite strike in support of their demands for regularisation of their services and payment of their six months pending salaries from Wednesday. The indefinite strike by the association has entered the third day today.
The indefinite strike is being staged inside the office premises of the Additional Chief Medical & Health Officer (Family Welfare) situated at Rongkhelan area of Diphu town and in other respective CPHCs and PHCs across the district since Wednesday morning. The leaders of the association told mediapersons that they have not been paid their salaries and other dues since July, 2017.
President of the organisation Bina Killingpi said that a memorandum in support of their demands was submitted to the State Heath Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on August 10, 2017 in Guwahati and the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) authority has also been informed about their authentic demands and their plan for an indefinite agitation.
Similar memorandums were also placed before the Joint Director Health Services, District Immunisation Officer, Principal Secretary and Joint Secretary in-charge, Medical, KAAC.
�Right now 228 staff including 178 ANM, LHS staff and sweepers under ACMHO, Karbi Anglong are without salary. We have to cover eight blocks in both Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong districts which include Mini Public Health Centres (MPHCs), Child Health Centres (CHCs), Public Health Centres (PHCs), State Dispensary and sub-centres but we are not able to perform our duties due to non-regularisation and non-payment of salaries and other dues,� Killingpi informed.
�We won�t stop our indefinite strike until and unless we receive a written guarantee from the authority about fulfilment of our demands, release of our salaries and others dues and regularisation of our services,� Probhawali Duarah, secretary of the organisation, added.