Ignored health staff threatens massive agitation

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Aizawl, Mar 10 (UNI) The Mizoram Health Multipurpose Service Association (HMSA) today announced to go for a state-wide agitation if the government fails to implement the fifth pay commission.

The association has alleged that the state government has discriminated the health staff, including health workers, health supervisors and community health officers, from other government employees in terms of pay.

''The other government employees are enjoying a pay-scale higher than that of the Centre. We are still lowly paid in comparision to our counterparts. This is nothing but a step-motherly treatment of the state,'' HMSA president Laltawni said.

The MHSA also passed a three-point resolution in its extended meeting on March four and gave the government a deadline of March 31 to consider its demands.

Accusing the state government's pay expert committee 2007 of refusing to give them their rightful pay scale, the health multipurpose staff today pledged to go to any length if their demand is not met within the deadline.

The HMSA also assured Rs 15 lakh compensation to any employee terminated and Rs five lakh each to those suspended because of the agitation while warning stern action on any member going against the association.

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