The employees of the department of health continued their pen down strike for the seventh day here on Wednesday. Members of the Subordinate Officers Clerical Association are protesting against arbitrary transfers.
The strike has severely crippled the functioning of the department even in the civil hospital, community and primary health centres.
Clerical work has come to a standstill and this has led to harassment of the patients whose reimbursement bills are pending in the department. Necessary certificates such as birth and death certificates, medical fitness certificate, disability certificate and drug and food licences are not being issued.
The association held a rally in front of the civil surgeon's office today in support of their demands. The main grievance of the union is the arbitrary transfer of superintendents working in different branches. The protest was led by district president Harbhajan Singh. The protesters took out a march and burnt the effigy of the director of health services.