After finalizing a strategy to launch an agitation in support of their demands during the two-day state-level general house meeting here, the paramedical and health employees union has decided to serve an ultimatum to the state government to take a decision on their demands by May 15.
During the meeting the union elected new office-bearers of the state coordination committee of health and paramedical employees on Monday. The newly-elected state convener Ravinder Luthra and chairman Kulbir Singh Dhillon announced to confront the state government in the next few days.
"We will submit a charter of demands to both directors of the department of health and family welfare department on Tuesday (May 5). The state government and the department will have 10 days to resolve our demands. If the state government fails in meeting our demands, an indefinite hunger strike will be started in Chandigarh against the policies of the government. The employees from across the state will also sit on the hunger strike turn by turn and the agitation would be continued till the demands are accepted," said Ravinder Luthra.
Media coordinators of the union Mohinder Pal Loomba and Rachhpal Singh Sosan said that the main demand of the outfit is regularisation of the contractual employees under the National Health Mission (NHM) and other outsourcing schemes. "There are more than 50% employees working under various contractual schemes and they are working on very meager salaries," they added.
"The other demands include implementation of the assured career progression (ACP) scheme for all employees, increase of two years in service of Class 3 and 4 employees, filling of vacant seats of all the categories, providing due promotions to employees, regularisation of services of pharmacists and Class 4 employees working in 1,186 rural dispensaries, lifting ban from recruitment of drivers and Class 4 employees and withdrawal of the decision of recruiting new employees on just basic pay, formulation of a transparent transfer policy and end to political interference in transfers and the implementing the basic formula of 'equal work-equal pay' for the employees working on the same posts in the department," they added.