'Adarani' members demand redressal to five-point charter of demands, staged protest in Guwahati
The drivers of ‘Adarani’ — an ambulance service under the JSSK (Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram)
GUWAHATI: The drivers of 'Adarani' — an ambulance service under the JSSK (Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram) — are up in arms against the authorities concerned for failing to announce the minimum amount of salary for them besides four other demands.
The members of 'Adarani' under the aegis of AAADA (All Assam Adarani Drivers' Association) staged a protest at the Lakshminath Bezbaruah Chowk (rotary) in the Guwahati Club area on Wednesday.
Talking to The Sentinel, the general secretary of AAADA, Nurul Amin said, "We are rendering our services in an uncertain situation. We have neither fixed working hours nor job security. Against this backdrop, we urge the State government to provide the AAADA members all forms of 'social security'. In other words, we are demanding our inclusion in the PF (Provident Fund), ESI (Employees' State Insurance), and also gratuity."
Amin added, "Moreover, our working hours must be determined according to the 'Labour Act'. We also demand 'over-time allowance'.
"Above all, AAADA urges the government to expand and further strengthen the ambit of our operation. For example, in the present situation there should be at least 10 'Adarani' ambulances in each medical college, four in each civil hospital, two in each PHCs (Public Health Centres), and one in other government-run health centres across the State.