Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha reached on Sunday morning at eleven o’clock to meet the nursing staff sitting on the dharna after the services of 1600 nursing staff personnel engaged on contract during the Corona period were terminated. He gave great relief to these health workers by extending the contract by three months. Along with this, it was also said that new appointments of staff nurses would come out within three months, among them those working on the contract will be given priority in recruitment. However, the health workers sitting on the dharna were demanding an extension of the contract by at least one year.
When the Lt Governor arrived at around 11 am on Sunday to meet the health workers sitting on a dharna outside the Jammu Government Medical College Hospital, there was a glimmer of hope among those who staged a dharna. He listened to the health workers and assured them that their contract would be extended for three months immediately. And appointments will be made for three months only, in which priority will be given to the above people. He thanked and praised those people for serving like Corona Warriors during the Corona pandemic. On the other hand, the health workers sitting on the dharna say that their protest will continue until a written order is received from the administration.
Let us inform you that the Lieutenant Governor’s administration had terminated the contract of 1600 health workers engaged in the agreement by issuing an order late on 29 September. Since then, these workers have been protesting outside the Jammu Government Medical College Hospital for the last five days, demanding to be confirmed for the job. Health workers argue that under the National Health Mission’s Lakshya plan, the contracts of staff nurses providing services in the obstetrics department, ICU and SMGS Hospital, Jammu under HDU were not terminated. At the same time, the administration has shown the way out under a well-thought-out conspiracy to those serving in the role of Corona Warriors in Kovid-19. This shows the dual policy of the administration. A nurse gets a salary of only Rs 1450 per month.