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Laid-Off ANM Workers Will Be Reappointed Based On Their Qualifications: Odisha Health Minister

Bhubaneswar: Finally, there is a ray of hope for Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) workers who have been protesting not only in the State Capital city but in other parts of the State for more than two months over their disengagement by the Odisha government.

State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das on Friday informed the Assembly that the ANM workers will be given fresh appointments on the basis of their qualifications.

During a comprehensive discussion on the issue, Das said currently 1,099 ANM posts are lying vacant in the State.

It is pertinent to mention that the State Government had engaged some 21,000 ANMs, staff nurses and pharmacists on a temporary basis to augment the health workforce for smooth functioning of Covid Care Homes (CCH) when SARS-nCoV infections were exploding in Odisha. They were appointed on a daily wage basis for three months or till the CCHs were functional.

As they were disengaged from services following improvement in Covid-19 situation, the ANM workers launched a massive protest at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar.

Recently, the healthcare professionals resorted to begging on the streets wearing PPE Kits as a mark of their protest against the alleged callousness of the government.

Earlier on December 15 last year, two ANM workers had tried to set themselves on fire by pouring kerosene on their bodies near Master Canteen square in Bhubaneswar. They were however overpowered by other protesting ANM workers and safely rescued from taking such drastic steps.

(Editd By Suryakant Jena)

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