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NHM staff's most demands met, rest under consideration: Bhagat

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

and for Health and Medical Education today said the has accepted most of the demands of staff in the state and their demand of regularisation of job is being looked into.

During the Zero Hour of the Assembly, he said a four- member committee constituted by the to look into the demands of the (NHM) employees in the state has presented its report and the recommendations are under consideration.

Bhagat said the panel has presented a detailed report on the strength of NHM employees in the state, financial implication, regularisation of service and other issues.

The was responding to concerns expressed by MLAs Satpal Sharma, Er Abdul Rasheed, Gupta, Yawar Ahmad Mir, Rajiv Jasrotia, R S Pathania and M Y Tarigami over problems being faced by patients due to prolonged strike of NHM staff in and

Bhagat said in its report, the committee has put the number of NHM employees in the state at 8,402 and their regularisation in one go would have a financial implication of Rs 224 crore on the state exchequer.

The said the panel has recommended phased regularisation of the employees starting with 1,020 staff which would involve financial implication of Rs 27.41 crore.

However, the minister said, the has several other demands of NHM employees.

He said earlier, maternity leave for three months without salary had been granted for the staff, but now they can avail the leave along with perks.

The staff are also entitled to EPF, and other incentives, Bhagat said.

The minister praised the contribution of NHM employees and appealed them to resume their duty.

More than 11,000 NHM employees have been on strike since December 20 in support of their various demands, including regularisation of jobs.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:50 IST