STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Police on Monday foiled the protest march of NHM employees who took out a protest rally to Gherao the Civil Secretariat. Several employees, including women, working under National Health Mission received injuries after police cane-charged the protesting employees at Indira Chowk who were marching towards Civil Secretariat Jammu to draw government’s attention towards their demands. Meanwhile, the fast-unto-death launched by the employees under the banner of National Health Mission Employees’ Association entered day three with more of their colleagues joining the aforesaid strike. Those who are sitting on fast unto death include Rohit Seth, Muneer Ahmad, Dr Raman Kumar Sharma, Mohammad Azam and Dr Ramnik Singh. Thousands of NHM employees including women drawn from various parts of Jammu and other districts of the Province assembled at Exhibition Ground demanding regularization of their services and fulfillment of their other already agreed demands. Volunteers of Team Jammu led by its Chairman, Zorawar Singh Jamwal also visited the Dharna site and slammed government for adopting dilly-dally tactics on fulfillment of genuine demands of NHM employees. Zorawar Singh appealed to Governor, S P Malik not to test the patience of agitating employees and concede to demands that included regularisation, maximum increment to all NHM employees, particularly for Paramedics and Management staff, implementation of the policy of ‘equal pay for equal work’ and also implementation of 7th Pay Commission for NHM employees as has already been done in case of other Centrally sponsored schemes like SSA. Meanwhile, Mission Director National Health Mission Bhupinder Kumar visited the protesting employees at Indira Chowk who were holding a sit in there after police stopped them with barricades. Jammu Provincial President of All J&K NHM Employees Association Rohit Seth and Dr Raman Sharma were joined by Kashmir Provincial President Muneer Andrabi, Dr Ramneek Singh and Mohammad Azam in their fast unto death. The leaders vowed to continue their fast till their demands were met. Meanwhile, later Mission Director NHM also visited Press Club Jammu where the employees are sitting on fast unto death, urging them to end the same. However, the employees politely declined, urging him to escalate the matter to the office of Governor Satya Pal Malik for redressal at the earliest.
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