Contractual workers protest appointment of fresh candidates in DMC

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HT Bureau

DIPHU, Nov 19: Uncertainty looms large over the fate of fourth grade contractual workers posted in Diphu Civil Hospital (DCH) as the government has decided to recruit fresh candidates in the grade IV posts vacant in the institute here.

Earlier health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma assured the contractual workers for regularisation of their jobs once DMC is functional.

“There are 51 grade IV contractual workers working in DCH. Some were appointed by DCH Management Committee and others were appointed through National Health Mission (NHM). Many have been working for four to five years and some others have been working for 10 years. The grade IV workers include sweepers, cleaners, dressers, ward boy and ward girl.” DCH Grade IV Employees Association president Minali Teronpi said addressing a press conference here Tuesday.

“Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has assured of absorbing us in DMC. But now appointment has been made to fresh candidates ignoring us. This has brought uncertainty to the fate of grade IV workers in DCH,” she said.

“We have undergone training and we have experience certificates. When health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Diphu he had announced those grade IV workers under DCH Management Committee or NHM will be regularised once DMC is functional. We are very saddened by coming to know of the result of the recently conducted grade IV written examination as our fate is at stake. At this moment we could think of nothing on how to support ourselves and the family,” said a ward girl Chapa Timungpi who is working in DCH.

She also said that CEM Tuliram Ronghang has asked the grade IV workers to submit their school admit cards and other certificates to Sarma for regularisation of their jobs to get appointment in DMC but has left them in the lurch, she said.

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