National Rural Health Mission: Workers to march from Nashik to Mumbai in protest on May 18

Doctors, nurses and staff attached to the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) have called on an indefinite strike. In all, 24,000 workers including the doctors are on strike since May 07. They will hold this march to voice their demands. The protesters have threatened to intensify the strike if their demands are not considered by the government

National Rural Health Mission: Workers to march from Nashik to Mumbai in protest on May 18

National Rural Health Mission began in 2005 with the aim to provide the medical services to the poor and needy people who are living in the interior areas of rural India.

The doctor, nurses and the staff who are working under the National Rural Health Mission, have been attached to the primary health centres, rural hospitals, sub-centres in the rural areas and the district hospitals.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, President of the National Rural Health MissionUnion, Nandkishor Kasar said, “There are many posts which are lying vacant at the under the National Rural Health Mission. Our demand is, NHRM workers should be posted at the vacant positions. All the workers should be taken in the state service. Many postgraduates are also providing medical services under this mission. But, they don’t get paid as per their services. The state government is not ready to heed to our demands. Now, if the government is not ready to accept our demands we will intensify the protest.”

“There are around 24,000 workers who are providing medical services under the National Rural Health Mission. 6,500 doctors and 7,000 nurses have been providing medical care for the past 12-13 years. All are working on a very minimal wage,” said Nandkishor Kasar.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director of the Maharashtra Health Services said, “The government has constituted a three-member committee to look into the demands of the workers attached to the National Rural Health Mission. Ministers of Finance, Health, and Rural development are part of the committee. The said committee will hold a discussion with the NRHM workers to resolve their issues.”