GUWAHATI, Aug 14: Minister of state for health and family welfare, Pijush Hazarika distributed engagement letters to newly-selected 513 staff nurses in a function at Srimanta Sankardev auditorium here on Tuesday.
The nurses were appointed on contractual basis at a fixed pay of Rs 16,500 per month.
In his address, Hazarika claimed rapid development in the health sector after BJP formed the coalition government at the state.
“There is no agreement with the nurses for any term. They can work till they want,” Hazarika said.
“The health sector has gained a new dimension after BJP came to power in the state. When Himanta Biswa Sarma was health minister during the Congress rule, the state attained various developments. But, the health sector has gained a new height during BJP’s rule and under the leadership of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma,” the minister said.
Lashing out previous Congress government, Hazarkia said, “There were only three medical colleges in the state. But, we have put forward the definition of development by constructing six medical colleges in the state.”
Hazarika also claimed that the BJP was fully committed to solve the unemployment problem in the state.
“The appointment of 513 nurses is an example of our commitment,” he said. Commissioner and secretary (health and family welfare) Anurag Goel, director of health services, Dr Rathindra Bhuyan, director of medical education, Dr Anup Barman along with other dignitaries were present in the programme.