Udupi: The Karnataka State Health Department Contract Workers’ Association staged a one-day protest meet in response to a call given by the All India Health Department Contract Workers’ Association, New Delhi on Thursday, October 25 at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Manipal near here.
Addressing the protesters, KSHDCWA, Udupi unit president Manjunath said that the state government is playing with the poor workers by not providing basic facilities to contract workers. “There are more contract workers than permanent workers in the health department. The employees work very hard under risky conditions and are heavily burdened,” he said.
He put forth certain demands like making contract workers permanent in their respective jobs, job security till they retire, a comprehensive HR policy should be established in wages and other allowances, a strong public health system etc. He also demanded that the state government increase the budget allocation to the health department by 15% and that the Union government provide financial grant to the state for this purpose.
The Supreme Court in 2016, said in its verdict that all contract workers should be made permanent. But the health department has not implemented this. There should not be discrimination in wages and other basic facilities. It would be difficult to work in conditions where there is discrimination, no job security and standard service, he added.
The protesters then handed over a memo addressed to the Prime Minister of the country and Chief Minister of Karnataka to the Deputy Commissioner of the Udupi district.
Mahabalesh, Girish, Preetham B S., Saumashree, Vasanthi and other officials of the Union were present.