- On Friday, May 18, around 10,000 health workers have gathered in Nashik to protest against government policies
- The health workers, are attached with the National Health Mission
- The state administration has refused the permission to carry out a long march
- Protesters say, they are in touch with the administration, and if the government does not accept their demands, they will walk all the way to Mumbai.
While speaking to My Medical mantra, Vijay Sonole, Secretary of the National Health Mission Workers Union, said, “On Friday morning, we went ahead with our protest, but the state government refused to give the permission. We are informed that the government will hold a meeting and decide on our demands. Around 10,000 doctors and nurses, those who have gathered for the protest, are waiting for government’s decision. If our demands are not accepted, then we will go ahead with the long march.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Nandkishor Kasar, President of the Union of National Health Mission workers said, “The doctors who are attached with the National Health Mission receive merely Rs 22,000, and the nurses who provide medical care receive Rs 15,000 as a monthly salary. All are working here in the hopes that they will be given permanent government jobs. In 2018-19, the health department is will having 17,000 vacancies. Our demand is we should be accommodated during the hiring process. With this move, the state government will save crores of rupees which they will land up spending on the hiring process.”