Pharmacists and class four employees working in 1,186 health and 582 veterinary dispensaries under zila parishad observed a strike on Friday and held a state-level rally at the directorate in Mohali. The dispensaries in the rural areas remained closed following the strike.
State president of Rural Health Pharmacist Action Committee, Ram Singh Alowal, said, “The government has not paid any heed to our demands for 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 four employees working in these dispensaries.”
Action Committee members will be sitting on strike at directorate office on rotation-basis. They have also threatened to go on hunger strike from Monday onwards if their demands were not fulfilled.
The action committee stated that the government should to begin with regularsie their services as they were getting a meager salary of `7000. They also demanded to clarify that along with dispensaries and doctors, pharmacists and class four employees would also be shifted.