Meghalaya: EMRI employees surrender all 108 ambulances as part of indefinite strike

Meghalaya: EMRI employees surrender all 108 ambulances as part of indefinite strike
Shillong | Oct 1, 2019:

As part of their indefinite strike, the employees of GVK EMRI-108 emergency services today surrendered all the 53 ambulances from across the State to the management. The employees went to park all the ambulances inside office premises of GVK EMRI at Lawmali here in Shillong.

"We have resumed our indefinite strike to pressurize the State Government to fulfill our demands," Meghalaya EMRI Workers Union (MEMRIWU) president, Roykupar Kharraswai stated in a statement.

According to him, the State Government has not paid heed to their demands. "All the 204 employees of of GVK EMRI-108 emergency services are angry over the failure of the State Government to resolve their various grievances," Kharraswai said.

Meanwhile, Director of Health Services (MCH&FW) has asked the District Medical and Health Officers (DMHOs) of all the districts to ensure that the facility-based ambulances allocated to DHs/ CHCs/ PHCs supplement the demand for ambulance service as much as possible.

In a notification issued here today, the  Director of Health Services (MCH&FW)  has requested the DMHOs to take necessary steps to prevent unavailability of ambulance service to the beneficiaries due to the ongoing strike.

The directive has been issued since the ongoing   strike of the field staffs has caused disruption  to  emergency response service.

The employees had earlier called off their indefinite strike following the assurance of its management to maintain "status quo".

Earlier, the Government had constituted a committee headed by Secretary Health which include representatives from the Labour department, Transport department the management of EMRI to examine various grievances and demands of the employees.

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