Gangtok, 11 Feb:
Contractual employees of National Health Mission, Sikkim State AIDS Control Society and Ayush of Sikkim have unanimously decided to continue their pen-down strike until they received their regularisation orders.
Contractual employees of NHM, SSACS and Ayush from across the State have been on a pen-down strike since 01 February on the single-point demand of regularisation and have of late also been sitting on dharna everyday at the State Secretariat.
Speaking to media persons, a representative of contractual employees mentioned that following a collective decision, it was decided that the ongoing peaceful pen-down strike and dharna at the Secretariat will continue until they receive their regularization orders.
He added that this decision has also been conveyed to the Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Health Department.
The representative of the employees stated that the department has verbally assured to regularise all employees who have served five or more years but has not given any written assurance so far.
He added that as per the department, the notification to this effect will come out on 15 February and the office memorandum on 22 February after which regularization orders will be handed over.
On the same, he asserted that the department should hand over the order on 15 February itself as there will many other processes to be completed.
He mentioned that another demand seeks entry level point for employees having service of less than five years. “We are still going on this issue and until this demand is fulfilled our pen-down strike will be continued,” he said.