Saturday, August 13, 2022

NEAN backs NIDA’s proposed stir

As the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) prepares to go on a three-day agitation starting July 18-20 over the issue of increasing superannuation age of government doctors, the National Health Mission Employees Association Nagaland (NEAN) has extended “unconditional support” to proposed agitation.
In a press release, NEAN general secretary Kewetso Kenye stated that the association at an emergency meeting held in Kohima on July 14, 2022 deliberated the matter at length and unanimously decided to support NIDA. NEAN has appealed to its concern members (doctors) to coordinate and cooperate with NIDA official during the proposed agitation.
It may be mentioned that NIDA on July 11 announced that it was left with no option but pursue the agitation mode in the form of delivering emergency services only with effect from July 18, 19, and 20, 2022.
NIDA further threatened to call for a total shutdown of all health centres through cease work for an indefinite period from July 21, if the issue was not resolved or no positive response received by then and cautioned that the State government would be held solely responsible in case of any untoward incidents.
According to NIDA, it had written to principal secretary health & family welfare (H&FW) on April 26 and chief minister on June 10, with a request to review the cabinet decision on the superannuation issue.
In the letter, NIDA expressed its opposition and inability to accept the decision of the cabinet to raise the superannuation age of all the doctors from 60 to 62 years, through “re-employment”.


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