Pharmacists and class 4 employees working in 1,186 health and 582 veterinary dispensaries under zila parishad will be going on strike from September 5 after holding a state-level rally at the directorate in Mohali on September 5.
After state-level rally on September 5, they will go on indefinite strike and will start hunger strike also.
State president of Rural Health Pharmacist Action Committee Ram Singh said, “The government has not paid any heed to our demands from the last eight years. The doctors of these dispensaries were regularised in state services in May 2011 and now the doctors working in the health dispensaries will be shifted to health department and those working in veterinary dispensaries will be shifted to state department of animal husbandary, but no decision has been taken on the pharmacist and class 4 employees working in these dispensaries.”
Singh said that they were working on contractual basis and their contract would finish by November and in such circumstances they feared of getting fired from the services.
Singh added, “Our contract is with zila parishad and if doctors and dispensaries will go to health department, it won't let us continue our services.”
Rural Health Pharmacist Action Committee said the government should at first regularsie their services as they were getting a meager salary of Rs 7000. They also demanded to make clear that with dispensaries and doctors pharmacists and class 4 employees will also be shifted.