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Gujarat: Now, employees of state TB management programme to go on strike

With only some weeks to go for the Gujarat Meeting polls, the staff of the well being division’s Tuberculosis management programme have turn out to be the most recent to strike in opposition to the state authorities for numerous calls for, together with everlasting employment and wage hike.

On Monday, round 1,100 workers of the TB management programme went on mass Informal Depart (CL) asserting an indefinite strike urging the federal government to concede to their 14-point calls for. The workers arrived at their respective workplaces below the district well being departments in addition to the civic our bodies and submitted their CL.

All personnel, together with supervisors, senior therapy supervisors, senior TB lab supervisors, lab technicians, information entry operators, TB well being guests, accountants, drug resistance supervisors (DPS), coordinators, medical officers, in addition to different contractual staff of the programme will chorus from offering companies till the calls for are met. The transfer will put a whole pause on the actions of TB management throughout 33 districts.

In Vadodara, near 100 workers met the Resident Extra Collector and handed over a memorandum with their calls for enlisted and leaving workplaces vacant. The personnel have been affiliated to the Gujarat Revised Nationwide TB Management Programme (GRNTCP) Contractual Employees Union based mostly in Bhavnagar.

Himanshu Pandya, President of GRNTCP, advised The Indian Categorical that the affiliation had met the Nationwide Well being Mission Director of the state on April 11, the place that they had been assured that the decision would arrive “inside three weeks”. “We had additionally met the well being minister at the moment and so they had assured us to look into the calls for and resolve our grievances instantly however 5 months have handed by… We now have been pressured to go on a strike, which we had been deferring for a number of years, within the bigger curiosity of public well being,” Pandya mentioned.

He added that three of the 14 calls for are “very essential”. “The primary one pertains to our employment standing. We have been employed in 1997, as per a GAD round, however we proceed to be on contracts… It signifies that regardless of giving almost 30 years of our lives to the service, now we have no retirement advantages nor have we been eligible for equal pay like that of everlasting workers. We now have demanded that we must be given everlasting employment and likewise a compensation package deal for retirement.”

Pandya, who’s a senior therapy supervisor in Bhavnagar district, added that with the meeting elections quick approaching, the onus lies on the federal government to expedite the decision. “Even when the Mannequin Code of Conduct (MCC) is enforced for the election, the federal government can strategy the ECI and search particular permission to finish the stalemate with the essential well being programme staff if it fails to take action in time. However now we have determined that the strike is not going to finish,” Pandya mentioned.

Well being Minister Rushikesh Patel was not out there for remark.

Employees from 45 well being centres of the Surat Municipal Company additionally handed over a memorandum to the civic physique’s Deputy Well being commissioner Dr Ashish Naik. Chief of the contractual staff of TB programme, Krunal Vyas mentioned they’ll go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday.

In response to information from the well being division, Gujarat has 110,305 TB sufferers below therapy throughout 33 districts as on September 19. Since January, 73,003 sufferers have been identified with TB in authorities hospitals, whereas 37,302 have been identified by personal hospitals.

Workers of the state transport division additionally went on a strike Monday looking for consideration to their numerous calls for, together with pending dearness allowances and bonus from the final three years. “If our calls for are usually not met, all 45,000 workers within the state transport division will go on an indefinite strike from September 22 midnight,” mentioned Gujarat Transport Employees Federation Vice-President Bipin Langaria.

Class III officers of the income division in Vadodara and Valsad district additionally went on a mass informal go away Monday for over 18 calls for. In Narmada district, academics of Ashram Shala additionally sported black protest bands and continued to be on strike demanding grade pay and different advantages.

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