Aizawl, Dec 20: Government officials in Mizoram have prohibited health department employees from staging a strike or agitation in the middle of the current COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.
Since December 17, contract employees and staff of the National Health Mission have staged an indefinite strike calling for regularization of their duties and regular pay.
As defined by the Mizoram Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1990, the health department’s employees are not to organize a strike during the pandemic, according to the Health department’s order issued on Sunday. There was still COVID-19 in the state, according to the ruling.
It is important to monitor closely the spread of COVID-19 in the wake of the emergence of the Omicron variant, and any strike by any section of the health department employees would adversely affect the health care system in general, not only in COVID-19-related cases, the order states.
By the order, it came into effect on Sunday at 7 pm. Since December 17, hundreds of contractual employees and employees of the National Health Mission have staged an indefinite strike against the government to demand regularisation of their service and a regular salary.
Those who are contractually employed by the state health department are demanding to be hired as regular employees. Furthermore, they alleged that payments were not made regularly.
In any case, a National Health Mission official confirmed that the staff had been paid through November.