After almost six days of boycotting services, Group C and D health employees resumed work late on Saturday evening. The decision camesoon after the Delhi Cabinet assured the employees their demands would be considered soon. The government is yet to give a specific deadline for the same.
Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit also assured the striking employees that parity between the technical and the nursing staff will be maintained and all vacant posts will be filled in with immediate effect as this matter comes under the jurisdiction of the city government.
The official note from the Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit’s office mentions that the staff’s grievances with respect to the 6th Pay Commission would be referred to the Anomalies Committee.
The Cabinet has also assured them to take up the issue of revision of the uniform allowance, which was decided somewhat 24 years ago. “It is expected that normalcy would return very soon in the hospitals,” said Kiran Walia, Delhi health minister.
Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss threatened the temporary contract workers and probationers saying if they did not return to work by Monday they would have to face the axe.
“We have requested the employees to call off the strike immediately and go back to work. If those who are on temporary contract or on probation do not join their duty by Monday morning, their services would be terminated,” he warned.
The Health Minister said the process to advertise for walk-in interviews has begun. Employees of government hospitals in the city went on an indefinite strike on Monday demanding action to resolve anomalies in recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.