Govt nurses in Manipur threaten to cease work

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 8 | Publish Date: 7/8/2020 1:38:00 PM IST

Nurses working in healthcare centres of Manipur government on Wednesday threatened to join the cease work strike launched by employees of the state government.

“Nurses who are employees of the Manipur government will be compelled to resort to extreme forms of protest if the state government fails to address their demands,” The Trained Nurses’ Association of India (TNAI), Manipur State branch threatened, in a statement.

The trained nurses working under the state government were actively engaged in various Covid care centres and hospitals in the  fight against the pandemic.

 However, they were still not getting their due DA and other entitled allowances as per the recommendation of 7th Pay Commission, even though nurses working under Mizoram government were getting Rs 6000 per month.

Nurses working in centrally run RIMS hospital, Imphal were also enjoying the same allowance apart from other allowances.

However, nurses working under the Manipur government were getting only Rs 2000 a month as allowance.

For long, The TNAI, Manipur state branch has been pursuing the state government to keep the pay and allowances of the nurses at par with their counterparts working in the Central government and other state governments.

Being the association, a federation unit of the Manipur Government Services Federation (MGSF) had also highlighted the grievances of the nurses to the federation, it added.

At a time the state government is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, employees of the state government under the aegis of MGSF have resorted to cease work commencing from Monday.

The employees were demanding implementation of the pay structures recommended by the 7th Pay Commission which the state government had already agreed to adopt with effect from April 2020.

The strike threat from the nurses came amid surge in COVID-19 infections as the state government engaged in containment measures after local clustering of the cases occurred in one of the districts of the state (Jiribam).

As per a source in the state health department, the COVID-19 infection tally in the state mounted to 1,435 with the detection of five more new cases in the last 24 hours (from July 7, 6: 30 pm to July 8, 6: 30 pm ).

The five fresh cases from Senapati district were detected during test of 1,070 samples. The total number of samples tested since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state stands at 58,839.

In the past 24 hours, 22 persons were discharged after recovering from the disease to take the tally of recovery to 793 and the active cases to 642 including the five fresh cases.

The health authority put the recovery rate in the state at 55.26 percent.


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