Normalcy back in Cuttack nursing school as govt relents

Cuttack: Even after invoking sine die order, the state government on Wednesday finally relented and assured the striking nursing students of Cuttack that their demands would be fulfilled immediately.

Following assurances from the authorities, the striking students of SCB medical college and hospital nursing school here called off their nine-day long agitation since morning and informed that they would resume duties once the sine order is lifted.

More than 300 students of the school had launched sit-in-dharna pressing for fulfillment of their six-point charter of demands.

“The director of medical education and training and two officials of the health department had a long discussion with a delegation of striking students in the morning. Following their assurances that five of our six demands would be fulfilled soon, we called of the strike at 10 am today,” said nursing student leader Sheikh Khalil-ul-lah.

According to sources, the State government has agreed to hike the monthly stipend of the nursing students commensurate to that of in neighbouring states. The students are now getting Rs 1000 per month as stipend. Similarly, it was also agreed that the washing allowances would be hiked to Rs 1500 from the present Rs 750.