MGNF stages protest across Maharashtra

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

“Our demands are very basic. There are around 2,000 nurses who are working on bond. We want them to be included in the service. Also, there are 1,500 vacant positions across the State. They need to be filled,” said Tilekar.

PUNE: Members of the Maharashtra Government Nurses Federation (MGNF) staged a protest in front of the District Collectorate on Monday to press their various demands. The protest was carried out in cities and towns across the State on Monday.  

Speaking to Sakal Times, MGNF Treasurer Dr Suman Tilekar said the federation has again presented their demands before the authorities. However, there has been no positive response.

“Our demands are very basic. There are around 2,000 nurses who are working on bond. We want them to be included in the service. Also, there are 1,500 vacant positions across the State. They need to be filled,” said Tilekar.

She said there is lack of medicines that the government should provide. “Due to lack of medicines, the patients suffer. In case of violence, the nurses suffer the most,” added Tilekar.

She said the nurses should be paid according to the Seventh Pay Commission along with allowances. “The nurses with the Central Government get allowances which result in more pay. However, uniform allowance, washing allowance, outside duty allowance are not given to us because of which we are paid comparatively less,” said Tilekar.

She said the record keeping of the nurses’ work is also not done properly because of which the nurses suffer.

“The clerk responsible for that is often unavailable or the post is vacant. Because of this, there aren’t proper records, which in turn, result in fewer work hours shown for every nurse,” said Tilekar. 

She said the government should implement a rule for a dress code for nurses.

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