Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Aggrieved nurses begin sit-in protest in Kohima


Over 125 nurses appointed during Covid-19 pandemic began a sit-in protest outside Nagaland Civil Secretariat here on Wednesday.
The nurses under the banner of Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurses 2021 (DRAN 2021) were seen holding banners and placards some of which read “The is how you thank Covid warriors”, “Honour the advertisement”, “Covid appointed nurses cry for their rights”, etc.
The organisation launched the agitation against non-payment of salary since past four months (July to October) and denial of service regularisation.
DRAN 2021 president Lijamo Odyuo demanded that when the State government had allowed filling up 50% (129 posts) through queue system, the aggrieved nurses who had appeared before the department recruitment board interview should not be denied their legitimate rights.
He claimed that out of the 129 nurses under DRAN, few had left their job and some had passed away during the waiting period. Odyuo said three representations and an ultimatum had been served to the government seeking redressal of the grievances, but lamented that the nurses had not yet received any response from the government.
Instead, he mentioned that the nurses were amazed to see the notification (No. HFW(A)COVID-19/APPT-13/17/2020) which mentioned 129 posts (to which they were currently employed) advertised under the category of nurses, Class –III non-Gazetted to be recruited under Nagaland Public Service Commission.
As per the government notification vide HFW(A) COVID-19/Appt-13/17/2020 dated, Kohima 5th July 2020, he said it was mentioned that “as per recommendation of the Manpower Rationalization Committee (MRP), the department to fill up 50% of the post of staff Nurse from queue of former Nursing Diploma/ Graduates and remaining 50% to be filled up through direct recruitment and open competition”.
The DRAN president said the organisation had also served an ultimatum to the commissioner & secretary and principal director of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW), besides cautioning that the government would be held solely responsible for any outward incident during the time of the agitation.
He also urged ministers and bureaucrats through the media to hear their cry and understand their situation.

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