Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Aggrieved nurses to continue indefinite protest


With no positive outcome following Thursday’s meeting between Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department officials and Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurses 2021 (DRAN 2021) representatives, the aggrieved nurses resolved to continue with their indefinite protest.
When contacted, DRAN members informed Nagaland Post that they were called for a meeting by H&FW officials on Thursday afternoon. At the meeting, the officials asked DRAN to call off their protest and insisted that the nurses should appear Nagaland Public Service (NPSC) exam for regularisation.
They however conveyed their opposition to appearing for the exam as many of the nurses had earlier served in National Health Mission (NHM), after which they were appointed during Covid-19 pandemic, and some of the senior DRAN members were now around 46-47-year-old.
They declared that appearing exam twice for the same job was unbecoming, adding that it was impossible for them to study and prepare for exam after a gap of 15 years or more since they had left their studies.
The DRAN leaders also informed this correspondent that they had urged the department to allow nurses to have a meeting with the authorities concerned at secretariat level, which the officials rejected on the ground that the secretariat officials were very busy.
Disappointed and dissatisfied with the outcome of the meeting, they said they decided to resume the indefinite protest, adding that this would continue till their demands were met.
Nurses under the banner of DRAN are on a sit-in protest since Wednesday, demanding regularisation as per the advertisement. Their contention is that they had appeared before the department recruitment board interview, insisting that their legitimate rights should not be denied.

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