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Govt staff strike hits health, other services

THE GOVERNMENT employees? strike on Wednesday affected working at government offices, especially the Collectorate and Commissionerate.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 19:09 IST

THE GOVERNMENT employees’ strike on Wednesday affected working at government offices, especially the Collectorate and Commissionerate.

MP Laghu Vetan Karmachari Sangh office-bearers forced class III employees to observe pen down strike. Health services were also partially affected in government hospitals, including MY, where only emergency cases were taken up.

At the Collectorate, Commissionerate and other government departments, employees who reported for work were forced to fill in the leave application form and were asked to participate in a demonstration. Later, a rally was taken out from Commissionerate, which passed through commercial tax office, MY Hospital, PWD, Forest Department, PHE, MPPSC offices, Old GDC and RTO before ending at the Collectorate in the afternoon.

According to association president Ravishankar Shukla, the employees took mass leave today to participate in the demonstration held in support of their demands. Their demands include payment of remaining dearness allowance, incorporation of 50 per cent DA in basic salary, implementation of Brahmswaroop committee recommendations and abolition of professional tax among others.

Meanwhile, at MY Hospital, the biggest government-run health facility in Madhya Pradesh, the authorities claimed not much work was disturbed due to the agitation of the employees who had taken mass CL.

“We were able to handle all emergency cases with whatever staff that was present. Almost 90 per cent employees took part in the agitation (mass CL) but those on contract and daily wagers were present,” Medical Officer on duty at the MY Hospital Dr Rajni Joshi said.

The OPD went on as usual but as various laboratories were closed, no tests could be conducted. Many patients, unaware of the agitation, went back unattended and no new cases could be taken up. All these tests would be carried out on Thursday, the hospital authorities claimed.

“We had postponed all planned operations, so there was not much problem. With the available staff, we somehow managed the emergency cases,” Dr Joshi said. For instance, even when most of the nurses were absent, the nursing students pitched in.

The hospital’s sanitary work is outsourced, so even that was not a problem.
MY Medicine Department head Dr Ashok Bajpai reiterated saying, “Not much work was affected at the Hospital.”

However, the scenario at the hospital was telling, with far lesser number of patients seen in and outside the hospital building.

There indeed was a shortage of ward boys, nurses and ayahs and employees on contract had to work for longer hours than usual, as there were no relievers after the normal duty hours.