Maintenance of ambulances to be under health Dept: employees

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Pudukkottai, May 25 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu government Health and Transport Department Employees' Association (TNHTDEA) today urged the state government to restore the responsibility of maintenance of ambulances and other emergency utility vehicles with the transport wing of the Health Department.

In a resolution adopted at the state executive meeting here yesterday, association's state president R Balasubramanian said the state Government had entrusted the responsibility of maintenance of the ambulances upon the women members of SHGs and NGOs. The good intention of the state government in doing so was more in breach than in practice, it added.

Another resolution pointed out that in many cases, those who were in-charge of the ambulances were collecting 'exorbitant service charges'.

The meeting had also urged the government to dispense the compulsory health insurance scheme being implemented now. Although a number of employees preferred re-imbursement of medical expenses from other 'Health Funds', the state government had made the health insurance scheme mandatory for the government staff, it said.

It had also decided to launch a stir throughout the state on June 10, protesting the rise in prices of essential commodities and demanding the rectification of anomalies in the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

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