Volunteer Health workers picket in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 December 2003, 00:01 GMT]
Volunteer health workers in the Batticaloa district held a picketing campaign Monday in front of the office of the Deputy Provincial Director of Health Services (DPDHS) in the district, demanding that they be given permanent appointments.

The picketing campaign, held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., disrupted traffic and prevented employees from attending the DPDHS office. Though the Sri Lanka Police attempted to disrupt the picketing, the picketers defied the police and continued with their protest.

Batti Health Workers' picketing
Picketing Health volunteers demand regular appointment.


The Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance MP (Vellimalai), Mr. G. Krishnapillai, visited the scene and held discussions with the picketers. The protesters argued that they would abandon their struggle only if a firm assurance was given that they would be given permanent appointments. However, the MP gave an assurance that he would take up the issue with the Prime Minister and the Health Ministry to find a solution within a month, and asked them to suspend their campaign.

The MP then held discussions with the DPDHS, Dr. W.W.Williams, and representatives of the health volunteers. The volunteers handed over memorandum to the MP, to be submitted to the Health Minsiter, Mr. D. M. Dayaratne. They also demanded a written letter from the DPDHS, stating that he would take action toward providing permanent appointments to the volunteer health workers.

Batti Health Workers' picketing
A section of the women picketers


The DPDHS then provided such a letter and the picketers agreed to suspend their campaign.

About 650 volunteer health workers are serving in the district. There are about 150 vacancies. Though many were recently appointed as minor health care workers based on the recommendations of politicians, none of the volunteer health workers has been appointed, sources said.



Batti Health Workers' picketing
Batticaloa district MP, Mr. G. Krishnapillai (center) holding discussions with the picketers' representatives and health officials.

 

Latest 15 Reports
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
07.08.19 23:28   Photo
Book on Santhiya becomes narration of Tamil struggle incorporating Marxist ideas in early 80s
06.08.19 23:27   Photo
State discrimination causes death of 1000 cows, milk production drops by 5,500 litres in Batticaloa
05.08.19 23:55   Photo
Pirapaharan’s statements between 1984 and 1993 reproduced in book form in Europe
04.08.19 23:47   Photo
Threatened female activist suffers injuries in suspicious ‘accident’ in Batticaloa
03.08.19 23:55  
SL Army puts up military post, Buddhist chanting dominates Kanniyaa
02.08.19 21:18  
Tamils must fight back against illegal seizure of lands by SL Forest Department: Kurunathan
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=10764