DIBRUGARH, May 18 - The All Assam Nurses’ Association has threatened to paralyse the health sector in protest against the alleged discrimination with regard to the proposed salaries of staff nurses in the State as per pay revision under the 7th Pay and Productivity Committee report.
Members of the district unit of the nurses’ body wore black badges and staged a demonstration in front of the Nurses’ Hostel at the Assam Medical College and Hospital campus today as a mark of protest. The nurses’ body has rejected the present structure of the pay revision as published by the 7th Pay and Productivity Committee, under which a hike of Rs 8,700 has been proposed only for BSc Nursing degree holders.
“We have been appointed and serving as staff nurses and so far, we have been drawing salaries also as staff nurses. So there cannot be any discrimination on the merit of degree when both BSc and GNM degree holders are serving as staff nurses,” said Junu Chutia, secretary of the district unit of All Assam Nurses’ Association.
Chutia argued that if a postgraduate is appointed as a Grade IV employee, he or she is entitled to a Grade IV salary alone and nothing additional. Similarly, all staff nurses, whether they are GNM or BSc Nursing degree holders, must be treated equally, she maintained.
The nurses’ body also warned of staging a mass demonstration in the Last Gate area of Guwahati on May 20 if the Government failed to respond positively to its demands. The leaders of the association added that the Health Minister should take the responsibility for any chaos in the health sector if the nurses take to the streets for their rights.