GUWAHATI: To demonstrate protest against the alleged betrayal made to the staff nurses by the State government, the All Assam Nurses’ Association (AANA) has decided to launch indefinite strike from November 26.
Talking to the reporters here on Saturday, AANA general secretary Junu Chutia Dihingia said, “Following the Revision of Pay (ROP) as recommendation by the 7th Pay Commission, we have been urging the State government to resolve the anomalies related to our grade pay, abolition of the designation of the staff nurses including the service rules through dialogues. However, despite our extended pleas, we have been getting negligence from the department concerned.” Notably, earlier too, the AANA observed strikes in support of their demands. However, later, they suspended their strikes temporarily in accordance with the promises given to them by the department concerned.
“Recently, in a meeting convened on November 15 at the chamber of the Health Commissioner to discuss the demands raised by the AANA, the officials of the Health Department has ridiculed the representatives of the AANA in the presence of the Director and other senior officials,” the general secretary said. She further alleged that including the Commissioner and the Director, the senior officials of the Health Department has recently announced to provide ‘two advance increment’ to the B.Sc. Nurses who were appointed under the same advertisement published for the posts of the staff nurse.
Condemning the indifferent attitude of the Department, the central executives of the AANA on Saturday has decided to resume their indefinite strike from November 26.
Meanwhile, the ANA has demanded to amend the anomalies of the salary structure published in the ROP of the 7th pay commission, revive the designation of the staff nurse, implementation of ‘same post same salary’ and publishing of service rule of the staff nurse.
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