Nurses threaten cease work agitation in Orissa

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 25 (UNI) Orissa Nursing Employees Association(ONEA) today threatened to cease work from Thursday if their ten-point charter of demands was not conceded by the state government.

ONEA Secretary Pravati Mohanty said the government would be held responsible for the consequence.

The nurses, who were on a dharna in front of the state Assembly since March 15 in support of their demand, today brought out a rally shouting slogans demanding fulfillment of their demands and later submitted a memorandum to the government.

The demands included central pay scale at par with the junior engineers, stop contractual and adhoc appointments, regularisation of the services of contractual nurses who are already in service, timely promotion and recruitment of staff nurse from the panel on the basis of seniority.

The association also demanded filling up of posts lying vacant, creation of new posts, dress allowances, night duty allowances, risk allowances, travelling allowances, washing allowances, security to nurses on duty, incentive to highly qualified nurses and allowances for posting in KBK districts.

Mrs Mohanty said they took the extreme step as the government was not paying any heed to their persistent demand for more than a decade.

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