Chandigarh, Feb 20 – Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Health Department, Mr. Rajiv Arora said that at the district level, all Civil Surgeons should ensure that under NHM, uninterrupted services should be provided in Sick New Born Care Units, Labor Rooms and in emergency. If required then services should be taken from regular employees working in the districts. If the service is not operated smoothly by engaging regular employees, then arrangement of staff should be made through outsourcing.

As far as the ambulance service is concerned, the services of drivers can be taken from the Haryana Roadways through Deputy Commissioner concerned, if required.

Mr. Arora was presiding over meeting with all Civil Surgeons through video conference, here today. Health Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission (NHM), Mrs. Amneet P. Kumar, Director General, Health Services, Dr. Satish Aggarwal, Director, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Haryana, Dr. Sonia Trikha, Director (Admn.), National Health Mission, Dr. J. S. Grewal and other State Program Officers were also present in the meeting.

While addressing the Civil Surgeons, Mr. Arora said that some employees of National Health Mission, Haryana are on unconstitutional strike from February 5, 2019, and even before that the staff had gone on strike for almost 10 times in two years. He said that the service by-laws have been made on January 1, 2018 to safeguard the service of employees and anomalies in their salaries have been removed at Chief Minister’s level. The employees of NHM are being given annual increments, D.A and other benefits as per the service by-laws, which has resulted in financial burden of Rs 110 crore per year on the State Government.