27 August 2019
Rourkela: As 42 contractual workers engaged in medical and non-medical services in Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) went on stir protesting non-payment of wages for last two months, Rourkela BJD MLA Sarada Prasad Nayak jumped into the scenario to serve the patients.
Notably, on Monday the contractual workers under the aegis of Odisha Medical Karmachari Sangh (OKMS) went on a strike demanding payment of wages. They did not treat any of the patients who came to the hospital. When BJD MLA Sarada Nayak was informed of the situation, he went to the hospital and tried to sort out the matter. But the agitating workers did not listen to him and the situation became tense. So, he went inside the dressing room and attended an injured person.
According to Nayak, the Health Department had assured to find a solution to the problems of the contractual workers a few days back, and they should have faith on the Government.
Notably, a total of 42 contractual workers engaged in medical and non-medical services besides 20 sweepers have been rendering technical and sanitary services and used to get wages from user fee and National Urban Health Mission.
Amid vacancies of Group-D regular employees, the 42 contractual workers were engaged as dressers, attendants and ward boys. But, after collection of user fee was stopped, the authorities faced fund shortage and contractual workers were not paid for the last two months. All the 42 contract workers were brought under ‘Nirmal Yojana’ under which the sanitary services were outsourced to a private agency.