STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Further intensifying their ongoing agitation, the fast unto death of protesting National Health Mission (NHM) employees entered second day on Sunday. The protest launched by NHM employees, demanding regularisation of services and implementation of Supreme Court’s directions on ‘Equal Work Equal Pay’, entered 28th day here. “Government has to concede our genuine and rightful demands failing which I will not leave this place alive,” declared Jammu Division President of NHM employees, Rohit Seth, who is on fast unto death along with Dr Raman Sharma in support of their demands. “We are not demanding anything out of the way. After serving the society for 12 years and winning numerous awards for the State, the least we deserve is job security. Even the Supreme Court has ordered for implementation of ‘Equal Wages for Equal Work’. Then, why Govt is taking time to fulfill our demands, which are very much genuine and justified,” he added. “Instead of resolving our grievances, which have also been upheld by the Supreme Court of India, the authorities are trying to fail our agitation through threats and intimidation. If this approach continues, we will further intensify the protest,” said Seth. Association’s Kashmir Division President, Muneer Andrabi echoed similar sentiments. “Our demands have negligible financial implications. Similar wages and social security stand guaranteed by law. The government has to only implement those provisions of law for welfare of NHM workforce,” he said. Meanwhile, doctors monitored vital health indicators of the fasting duo. “We monitored their BP, blood-sugar, etc today and further expect that medicos will be deputed officially for monitoring their health,” said one of the doctors present at protest site. The employees were demanding regularisation of services, implementation of SC orders of equal work equal pay along with other social security benefits like ex-gratia, EPF, medical reimbursement etc.
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