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Red Cross employees begin indefinite hunger strike over corruption

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GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - The Red Cross Discharge Employees� Union (RCDEU) started an indefinite hunger strike from today on the premises of the Red Cross Hospital at Chandmari demanding a CBI probe into the corruption that has allegedly been taking place in the hospital during the last 36 years.

�For the last 19 years, we have been protesting against the corruption plaguing the Red Cross Hospital. We have adequate documents against those persons who have misappropriate public money in the hospital. But no action has been taken by the district administration and State government to probe the corruption,� Phatik Das, general secretary of the union said in a statement.

The union has also demanded dissolution of the present management committee of the hospital and formation of a new one with inclusion of new members who can revive the hospital, which is on the brink of being closed down.

The agitating employees have demanded development of the Red Cross Hospital into a well-equipped modern hospital, and compensation to the employees who were �unjustifiably� discharged from service. They have also demanded a reduction in the admission fee for nursing training so that girls from poor financial backgrounds can afford it.

�We will continue with our hunger strike until the administration takes proper action,� Das asserted.

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Red Cross employees begin indefinite hunger strike over corruption

GUWAHATI, Aug 20 - The Red Cross Discharge Employees� Union (RCDEU) started an indefinite hunger strike from today on the premises of the Red Cross Hospital at Chandmari demanding a CBI probe into the corruption that has allegedly been taking place in the hospital during the last 36 years.

�For the last 19 years, we have been protesting against the corruption plaguing the Red Cross Hospital. We have adequate documents against those persons who have misappropriate public money in the hospital. But no action has been taken by the district administration and State government to probe the corruption,� Phatik Das, general secretary of the union said in a statement.

The union has also demanded dissolution of the present management committee of the hospital and formation of a new one with inclusion of new members who can revive the hospital, which is on the brink of being closed down.

The agitating employees have demanded development of the Red Cross Hospital into a well-equipped modern hospital, and compensation to the employees who were �unjustifiably� discharged from service. They have also demanded a reduction in the admission fee for nursing training so that girls from poor financial backgrounds can afford it.

�We will continue with our hunger strike until the administration takes proper action,� Das asserted.

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