Guwahati, Sept 18: After a weeklong strike, the employees of the GVK (EMRI) withdrew the strike on Tuesday with assurance of starting the services from Wednesday. The strike was ceased with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma urging the employees to end the strike and hold talks to come to a conclusion.
However, even after the withdrawal of the strike, the GVK (EMRI) authority was seen reluctant towards the employees, as it was yet to resume emergency services.
The GVK (EMRI) authority in a release on Wednesday said that the Mrityunjoy 108, 102 and ERO employees were on an illegal strike since September 5 and stalled complete ambulance operations and emergency Service across the state of Assam.
“We have received an official statement from the Employees Union on 18th September that they are calling off the strike conditionally and partially from September 19 but will abstain from giving Case Closure, fuel Closure, PCR Submission, daily Attendance which are essential for Medico Legal procedure. These Medico Legal procedures are a must, and without these it is as good as not operating the ambulances and amounts to continuation of the strike,” the release said.
The release further said, “GVK (EMRI) has its own laid down system and procedures which allows its employees to return to their duties post such strike/disruption of services. All the employees taking part in the strike have to complete such formalities before resuming the duty.”
Further, as per written instruction from NHM Assam, GVK EMRI had handed over all the ambulances and its assets to the respective district administration in physical and in writing to safeguard them during the strike. To restore the operation and emergency services GVK EMRI has to request NHM and the respective District Administration to hand over back to us as per their system and procedure, it added.