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108-ambulance: Workers strike continues, govt says services not hit

HT Correspondent  Jaipur, June 26, 2014
First Published: 15:54 IST(26/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:59 IST(26/6/2014)

The employees of 108-ambulances continued their strike for the third day on Wednesday. The government, however, claimed that the strike is not affecting the services of 108-ambulance service in the state.

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The 108-ambulance service is a state government run scheme on public-private-partnership mode under which patients can get immediate ambulance facility by calling on the number. The workers of the 108 service are on strike since Monday demanding end of contract system and regularization of their jobs.

The ambulance service workers' union state president (Aapatkaleen Seva Karamchari Ekta Union) Virendra Singh Shekhawat said the officers of service provider company GVK-EMRI forcefully took away the ambulances parked outside the company office at Jhalana area in Jaipur. The employees however have continued the stir, he added.

He said the agitating employees on Thursday will gather at Bikaner - the place from where the cabinet is functioning presently under Government at your doorstep programme-to meet health minister Rajendra Rathore. The delegation and will apprise him about the current situation, he added. 

Naveen Jain, mission director, National Health Mission said the 108-ambulances are plying in maximum districts as the employees have not joined the stir.

In the areas, where the workers are on strike, the services are made available through diverting the phone calls on 104 number. The 104 number is used to ferry the pregnant women under Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana (JSSY).

He claimed that the scheme has not been hit as the plying of ambulances is being constantly monitored and there have been no incidents, where the patients did not get ambulance after making a call.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said ambulance employees instead of going on strike should register their grievances by working for extra hours or wearing black ribbon. 

Gehlot hoped that the state government would immediately take serious note of the issue and end the impasse.


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