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Nagaland NHM employees� to go on strike from today

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, June 13 - In a major jolt to the Nagaland Government�s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Health Mission Employees Association Nagaland (NEAN) has decided to go for an indefinite cease-work strike from Sunday, alleging injustice towards National Health Mission (NHM) employees by the State Government. The association warned that the strike would continue till its demands were met.

The trigger for the strike has been the State Government�s decision today to regularise services of 27 general duty medical officers who were appointed on May 27 for 12 months, on the ground of manpower constraints to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NEAN demands include regularisation of services of State NHM employees, pay parity with State Health employees, and all basic employees� benefits.

In a memorandum to the Commissioner and Secretary, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Department, NEAN president Dr Shasinlo Magh and general secretary Kewetso Kenye today said the association was disheartened at the State Government�s decision to regularise the services of the 27 doctors.

The memorandum said the association had appealed to the authorities concerned on many occasions to address the grievances of the NHM employees.

�However, instead of addressing the issue of NHM employees who have been rendering their services with a meagre remuneration on contractual basis, the department has gone to the extent of randomly appointing and regularising services overruling all service rules and laid down rules for recruitment on the pretext of COVID-19 pandemic,� the association said.

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