STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Hundreds of employees working under National Health Mission (NHM) on Tuesday staged protest seeking formulation of a regularisation policy. Employees from across Jammu region and many of their counterparts from Kashmir Valley assembled at Press Club Jammu. Near about 9,000 employees from across Jammu and Kashmir have been on strike for the last nine days and held protests in favour of their demands. The employees that include doctors, managerial staff and paramedics are also seeking the benefit of Supreme Court guidelines on Equal Pay for Equal Work. It may be worth mentioning that the employees had held protests and strike last year as well and had called off the strike after written assurances by the then Health Minister Bali Bhagat. However, the employees said that the commitments are yet to see the light of the day despite passage of one year. “At this stage of life when we have dedicated 12 years of our service to the department there is no other alternative. We need a secure future as we cannot apply for fresh jobs or think of a career change at this stage”, said Rohit Seth, All J&K NHM Employees Association President Jammu Division. The employees said the Governor Satya Pal Malik has assured them that their just demands will be fulfilled and a meeting to consider the same shall be held shortly. “We are extremely hopeful of a positive outcome of the meeting and hope that we shall not have to continue our protests”, said Altaf Ahmad Bhat, Vice President of the Association’s Kashmir province.
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