NHM workers to continue strike, despite appeal from state govt

The Maharashtra government has held a meeting with the workers who have been on strike from National Health Mission (NHM) in Mumbai, on Friday

NHM workers to continue strike, despite appeal from state govt

  • The Maharashtra government has constituted a three-member ministerial panel to review the demands of the National Health Mission workers.
  • The committee has worked out that the decision will be taken on their demands within three months.
  • Till the committee takes a final decision, the government has decided not to fill the vacancies, on which the National Health Mission workers can be hired into for government service.
  • The ministerial panel has earnestly requested the workers to call off their strike.

As the 10,000 odd workers attached to the National Health Mission in Maharashtra, were about to hit the streets, marching from Nashik to Mumbai, but in the nick of time the Maharashtra government swung into action.

The three-member ministerial panel including Maharashtra’s Finance Minister Sudhir Mumguntiwar and Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant who met workers in Mumbai on Friday, May 18.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Finance Minister, Sudhir Munguntiwar said, “The government is keen on sorting this issue and help the NHM workers. But, there are a few technicalities which are involved in the process. The government is working on it. We have appealed to the workers to call off their strike.”

Whereas Maharashtra’s Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant said, “The government has decided not to fill the vacancies, which are equivalent to NHM posts for the next three months. We are still working out the plan on how to accommodate the NHM workers for the government jobs.”

While Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Nandukumar Kasar, President of the National Health Mission workers said, “On Friday, we have had a meeting with Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant and Finance Minister Sudhir Munguntiwar. We have raised our demands, stating that the workers should be paid on the basis of their education and the experience which they have. But still, no decision has been taken. So, we are going to continue our strike.”

Around 24,000 National Health Mission workers are on the strike since May 07. On Friday, May 18, almost 10,000 NHM workers had gathered in Nashik to start a long march to Mumbai.