70 NHM employees injured in police lathi-charge - watsupptoday.com
70 NHM employees injured in police lathi-charge
Posted 10 Jan 2018 01:53 PM

Seventy agitating National Health Mission (NHM) employees were injured when police resorted to lathi-charge in a bid to foil their march to the Civil Secretariat to press their demands.
The District Administration has already imposed Section 144 of CrPC in the area as preventive measure.
Carrying placards and shouting slogans, hundreds of NHM employees, demanding their regularisation took out a protest rally and marched towards the Civil Secretariat. On reaching near MLA Hostel Road, a strong contingent of police restricted them from heading towards the Secretariat.
The protestors and the police clashed during the protest.
Police restricted their forceful march by resorting to lathi-charge. They also fired chilly bombs and smoke shells to disperse the protestors. Traffic came to standstill in old city area due to protest.
Amid anti-government sloganeering, the demonstrators staged sit-in at Shalimar Chowk.
Meanwhile various organizations have condemned the lathi-charge and use of tear smoke on protesting NHM workers.
Earlier, on January 5, Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Bali Bhagat held talks with the representatives of the NHM employees and discussed all their issues and demands.
The Minister had reiterated his appeal to the agitating employees to resume their work immediately, as patient care in health institutions is suffering.
He said the Government has already taken sympathetic view on their all outstanding issues, including regularization and is moving gradually to address these complex issues.
The Minister said that the Government had constituted a Committee to examine their all issues on merit and the panel has recommended regularization of employees in a phased manner as it was difficult to regularize more than 8000 employees in one go, who are presently working in NHM and other related schemes in Health and Medical Education Department, involving financial implications upto Rs 225 crore annually.

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