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JAMMU: Making a strong plea for regularization and absorption of contractual workers engaged under NHM and ECRP, former legislator and BJP leader Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday made a passionate appeal for resolving the issues of Covid Warriors.Rana lauded Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha for his proactive approach in the matter, he said “LG had walked an extra mile by visiting the agitating contractual workers, passing on instructions for resolving their issues”.He lauded the contribution of these workers during the times when there was hesitancy among kin to attend to their dear ones during pandemic emergencies, these workers remained steadfast in their duties, providing all necessary medical attention. This commitment and sentiment needs to be acknowledged and respected, as has been expressed by the LG too.Expressing anguish over uncertainty about the future of contractual workers engaged under National Health Mission, Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday said they should be respected and honoured because they are the heroes of the society.Rana sought a compassionate view by the Government to take a humanitarian view of the plight of these employees and hoped they would be allowed to continue or got adjusted against the available vacancies. Since they have attained experience in meeting challenges like pandemic, their services will be useful for the health sector and the public. The administration should find a way out in helping them, as their disengagement will make their families suffer during these difficult times, he added.He said the pandemic is not yet over as the threat of virus is looming large and services of health workers at this crucial are needed more than ever before. He expressed solidarity with the suffering workers and their families, saying the extension of three months in the case of ECRP workers is almost over and this calls for priority attention by the concerned department to examine and order for further extension till the time they alone with NHM workers are regularised or recruited permanently through proper procedure with preferential treatment owing to their experiences.Rana sought continuation of the services of the NHM and ECRP workers and demanded weightage given to them in the recruitment process, keeping in view their experience and commitment to the profession.
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