State

Nurses stir enters 3rd day, health care in shambles

Cuttack: The health facilities starting from the SCB Medical College Hospital to the District Headquarters Hospitals across the State is in a shambles as Odisha Nursing Employees’ Association members’ agitation in the capital reached its third day today.

Association general secretary Pravati Mohanty said the Health Department Secretary had called a meeting with an association delegation and assured to fulfil their demands within six months.

But such promises have not been kept by the Health Department, she alleged.

According to reports, the association threatened that if the demands are not fulfilled then they would intensify their stir and the department should be held responsible for the problems which the public would face at the health centres in the coming days.

The staff nurses from MKCG Medical College and Hospital, VIMSAR joined the protest which was launched by the staff nurses of SCB Medical College and Hospital on Monday. The contractual nurses began their demonstration to press various demands.

Regularisation of jobs, up-gradation of pay structure and equal pay for equal work with their counterparts working at the state government establishments etc are some of their demands.

Currently, they are getting Rs 10,000 per month while a regular pay scale employee of their stature gets around Rs 35,000 per month across the state.

Meanwhile,a discussion between a delegates of the agitators and Health Minister Pratap Jena is underway at the latter's residence in Bhubaneswar.

Stipend of pre and para-clinical PG students hiked

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Tuesday announced a hike in the stipend of post graduate students undertaking pre and para-clinical courses at state...

Bus services to Kotia villages in Odisha soon

Koraput: Following distribution of freebies to the tribals in Kotia gram panchayat in Koraput district, Odisha Government is waking up to the need of ...

Winged guests find new wetlands, less birds sighted in Chilika

Berhampur: Migratory birds are now attracted by other wetlands in Ganjam district and this could be the main reason for the drop in the number of wing...

Odisha govt effects major IAS reshuffle, 8 district collectors changed

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today effected a major reshuffle in bureaucracy involving as many as 16 IAS and OAS officers in the state.While IAS...