The Nurses and Ancillary Staff Union opened the Chandigarh-Sangrur nation highway after getting the assurance of regularisation of jobs by principal secretary to CM, SK, Sandhu, during a meeting in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Sadhu gave assurance to the protesting paramedical staff that the one-time policy of their regularisation would be passed in the next cabinet meeting, which was scheduled in the end of this month.
On Thursday late evening paramedics opened the NH-64 after a brief meeting with union members in Patiala. “The meeting with principal secretary was meaningful and we were assured that our regularisation will be cleared in the next state cabinet meeting in the next week,” Karamjit Kaur, president, Nurses and Ancillary Staff Union, said.
“We were told that we will get all facilities like other regular staff, including allowances, holidays, phone expenses and salary. Now we have decided we would not close the OPD or the OT building,” she added.
Medical education secretary Viksh Partap told HT that in the government meeting chaired by principal secretary to CM, SK Sadhu, they were given full assurance that the government was committed to regularise their jobs. “The cabinet meeting will convene soon that it will clear the one-time regularisation policy for them,” Partap said.
Meanwhile, earlier today, the paramedical staff blocked the Chandigarh-Sangrur national highway for the second day and the police had to divert the traffic from Patiala-Sangrur highway towards Nabha road from Dhablan T-point, 10-km from the protest spot, while the Samana-Patiala route was diverted towards Sular village.
Gurdeep Singh, station house officer (SHO), Passiana, said they had registered the case against the protesters for the blockage of the traffic on the national highway under Sections 283 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Wednesday. “No arrest has been made so far as the administrative officials were trying to negotiate with the protesters to resolve the issue and now they have called off the blockage,” added the SHO. Meanwhile, Rajindra Hospital authorities opened all locks of the OPD building and the OTs on Thursday. “All health services, including OPD and OT, have been started in the hospital and patients are being checked as routine,” said, medical superintendent, BS Brar.