Saturday, December 10, 2022

NMA seeks Health minister’s intervention to address DRAN issue

Expressing serious concern over the ongoing agitation by the Department Recruited Aggrieved Nurses 2021 (DRAN 2021), Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has sought immediate intervention of Health & Family Welfare minister and “ensure that due gratitude is given for the services rendered by these nurses during such at a risk of one’s life.”
In a representation to H&FW minister, NMA president Abei-ü Meru and joint secretary Malsawmthangi Leyri said they were well aware of the circumstances of the recruitment of the nurses during the Covid pandemic and the process of selection that was done by the department for recruitment of the much-needed nurses at such a time of pandemic.
Pointing out that since the Advertisement Order had categorically advertised the “posts of nurses on regular basis”, NMA said that applicants were selected through a process including interview with expert panel. NMA appealed that their service be considered as many would be above the mentioned age, having served as contractual nurses since the NHM.
The association further mentioned that the appointment orders were in contravention to the advertisement, and in the midst of the Covid lockdowns and posting to far flung areas, they were also assured of regularisation of service.
NMA, therefore, urged upon the minister to meet the delegation of nurses and ensure justice was done for their bravery in working ceaselessly during the pandemic.
“We believe an amicable solution can be worked out for their genuine grievances. We also urge that the Department ensures their pending salaries are released at the earliest,” NMA stated.

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