The contractual paramedical employees of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar who were on hunger strike from Monday have called off their strike after they met officials of the health department on Tuesday.
The employees began 48-hour-long hunger strike on Monday taking a toll on healthcare services in the seven associated hospitals of the medical college.
President of Contractual Employees Federation, GMC Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad said they met Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Atal Dulloo and following his assurance000 they called-off the strike.
“We were assured that GMC Srinagar will constitute a committee to forward the demand of our regularization and other service benefits including maternity leave. We have decided to call-off the strike,” he told Rising Kashmir.
The contractual staff engaged in 2011 under SRO-384 had been demanding regularization but till date the government not formulated any policy for them leaving them dejected.
He said there are nearly 1000 contractual paramedics in GMC Srinagar and Jammu, of which over 500 are serving in associated hospitals of GMC Srinagar.
Ahmad said they had moved many proposals to the government over the years but till date nothing concrete has come out so far.
In absence of a regularization policy, the employees accused the government of putting their careers at stake.
The president said they were in the frontline during 2014 floods and 2016 unrest but the government is ‘not serious in making their future secure.’
The appointments of the paramedical employees like laboratory, X-ray, theatre, and anesthesia assistants, nurses, pharmacists were made on a temporary basis in 2011 for six years without any regularization policy.
They had to be terminated after six years but they continued their services. Neither were they terminated nor did GMC release their salaries since then.
The employees then approached the High Court which directed for the release of their stipend.