DIMAPUR, June 15 - The Opposition Naga People�s Front (NPF) today demanded that the Nagaland government put its decision to regularise the contractual and contingency medical staff on hold.
The state Cabinet on June 13 decided to regularise the services of 27 general duty medical officers who were appointed on May 27 for 12 months on contractual basis on the ground of constraint of manpower to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the Cabinet decision, the National Health Mission Employees� Association of Nagaland comprising 1,800 members resorted to ceasework strike from Sunday, alleging injustice towards the National Health Mission employees by the state government.
Expressing serious concern over the imbroglio in the state Health and Family Welfare Department, the NPF in a release issued by its press bureau, said the very decision of commissioning public servants without following the laid down procedures is a �blatant� and �atrocious disregard� to the law governing the land and can only be termed as an act of nepotism.
The NPF urged the PDA government to expeditiously address the grievances of the NHM employees and break the deadlock so that various health centres across the state start functioning normally again.
The party said the present pandemic situation has demanded an urgent need for trained medical personnel and the need for contractual and contingency doctors.