Assn serves ultimatum, threatens dharna

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Nov 14: Expressing discontent over the inordinate delay in the process of modifying the recruitment rule for various posts under the health services directorate, the All Arunachal Trained Unemployed Health Assistant Association (AATUHAA) has served the authority concerned a 15-day ultimatum, starting Thursday, to address the issue, and threatened to sit on a dharna to press its demand.
The association said it has taken the decision following the expiry of a five-day ultimatum it had served to the principal health secretary on 6 November, seeking early processing of modification in the recruitment rule (File No SF/NO 130/342-II/197/2016) as initiated by the additional health services director and approved by the chief secretary.
Addressing journalists at the press club here on Thursday, AATUHAA president Sanjay Taniang said the association has been since 2017 demanding the creation of posts of health assistants in various districts of the state.
“Presently, there are about 300 to 400 unemployed trained health assistants who have been trained at the health training research centre in Pasighat (East Siang) through GoAP sponsorship,” Taniang said.
He said the association had written to the health & family welfare minister in 2017, seeking his intervention in “the unemployment crisis among trained health assistants and creation of a few posts of health assistants in various districts of the state.” Taniang said no step has been initiated since to address the issue.
The association had also on 27 August, 2018, submitted a memorandum to the special health secretary for modification to the recruitment rule for various posts under the department.
“The association has many times urged the authority concerned to modify the recruitment rule in respect of qualification, pay and other aspects, but no discussion has been held yet, depriving them of their rights and opportunity,” stated the AATUHAA president.