The 24,000 NHM workers were on strike since May 07. In order to make sure that the state government would heed their demands, they had decided to carry out a long march, as well.
On Friday, May 18, almost 10,000 NHM workers had gathered in Nashik to start a long march to Mumbai.
The Maharashtra government has constituted a three-member ministerial panel to review the demands of the National Health Mission workers
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Nandukumar Kasar, President, National Health Missioner workers union said, “We have called off the strike after the state government accepted our demands of equality in the pay structure and to hire people in government jobs on the basis of their education. The committee which has been constituted to go through our demands is still discussing how to hire people from NHM to the government jobs. The health department has also taken a decision not to hire people unless the committee gives its recommendations.”