‘108’ Ambulance workers observe cease-work

Bhubaneswar: Employees of 108 Ambulance have observed cease work for indefinite period in 14 districts on Thursday of State demanding pay hike.

The drivers, helpers and technicians have joined the stir throwing the emergency service out of gear. They put forth a 12-point charter of demands. Apart from demanding a hike in salary, the workers protested the intentional attack during duty period. They also demanded timely payment of their salary.

“The company has not fulfilled the promises it had made earlier over increment. We are working even more than eight hours with less amount of salary. We have decided to continue the stir if our demands are not fulfilled”, an employee said.

Meanwhile, the government is trying to restore normalcy in the emergency service.

“Many among the striking workers in 205 ambulances have withdrawn and discussion is on with others. Collectors of these districts have been asked to make alternate arrangements for the patients’ service”, NHM director Rupa Mishra said.

“Government has nothing to do as they (ambulance employees) have been employed through agency. We are looking that how the service would not be affected”, she added.