Despite support, no end in sight for contractual staffers’ stir

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Mar 2018 10:13:19





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With no heed from the State Government, the agitation staged by contractual employees is receiving support from officers and employees associations. The contractual health employees have been demanding regularisation along with salary as per government pay scale. Employees staging protest mocking the State Government by submitting the memorandum of demand to a buffalo. Under the protest, post card sending drive was done and under the next phase of protest, ‘Chunri’ would be offered at Sheetala Mata Mandir at Jail Ground and the employees will pray for granting prudence to the Chief Minister to consider their demands at the earliest.
Contractual employees are staging indefinite sit-in in support of their demand for regularization and all other employees working on contract have joined hands with the striking employees association. The agitated employees are staging dharna at the Collectorate road since February 19. Reportedly the strike has adversely affected work in 34 government departments.

According to information, contract employees were reportedly being assured by the State Government in the year 2016 that their demand for regularisation in service would be met but the promise has been kept on hold. The indifference of State Government to consider their demand has made the contract health workers stage demonstration over the months. NHM officers are reported to be building pressure on striking health employees to call off their agitation in view of polio vaccination drive. Works at MNREGA Ayush Department, Rural Engineering, DRDA, Watershed, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, PHE and other important departments are apparently run by contract employees. The previous demand to regularise the health employees was also not taken note of and instead many of the contract employees were subjected to termination from service. Besides they had been serving for the Health Department for past 15 years.

The agitation by contract employees at the Collectorate road was supported by Asha workers and Asha assistants which has affected the vaccination work. Workers, Manoj Sonkesri, Mukesh Hardaha, Avinash Chaurasiya, Jagdish Tekam, Mohan Sahu, Aanamika Tiwari, Ritu Jhariya, Shilpa Patel, Anjulata Parastey, Saurabh Shrivastava and Durga Kushwaha informed that the striking contract employees serving for various government departments have decided to fight till the last and would not call off their agitation.