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UP staff threaten to paralyse medical services

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, November 19, 2013
First Published: 10:26 IST(19/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:31 IST(19/11/2013)

The state government employees intensified their indefinite strike on its seventh day on Monday with some workers’ unions threatening to even stall medical services in phases.

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As announced earlier, the employees shut ophthalmology departments in government hospitals across the state on Monday.

JP Singh, an office bearer of UP Government Optometrist Association, claimed that no eye tests were conducted in the state-run hospitals.

He added that on November 19, all outpatient departments (OPDs) would also be hit, as their staff would also join the strike.

“Nurses’ unions and other pathology unions would join the strike respectively from Nov 20 and Nov 21” Singh added.

At some places like Jawahar Bhawan in Lucknow, the union members hit the street to stage a protest.

Shiv Baran Singh Yadav, general secretary of Rajya Karamchari Sanyukt Parishad, said the stir was intensified as there were no hints from the government about any measures to meet the demands.

He said many other employees’ bodies had started extending support to their agitation.

“Police non gazetted employees’ welfare association and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Police Karamchari Parishad joined us today. We will not bow down unless the government pays heed to our demands,” he added. He threatened that the stir would hit essential services in coming days.

“Over 16 lakh employees have been on indefinite strike for the last seven days over their 15-point charter of demands, which includes parity of allowances with central government employees among several things.

We are open to discussion,” Yadav said.

RLD WANTS GOVT TO COME CLEAR ON STRIKE

The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has demanded the state government to issue a white paper clearly stating that the employees’ ongoing strike had no bearing on its revenue collection if it so claimed.

“The government is claiming that the employees’ strike has had no impact on its revenue collection. If it is true, the government should come out with a white paper stating the same,” RLD leader Anil Dubey demanded.

Dubey said that reality was, however, that the strike had paralysed government functioning and its revenue collection was a natural casualty.


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