The committee looking into the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission will meet representatives of nurses’ unions on September 12, the central government said Friday.
While the government Friday maintained that seven of the nine demands of striking nurses had been resolved, it conceded that the strike had affected Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh partially and also affected the working of PGI Chandigarh, though AIIMS was not affected by it.
Union Health Secretary C K Mishra said, “We have had discussions with the nurses. Maharashtra and UP have been partially affected by the strike, Delhi has also been affected. Seven demands of nurses have been met… the two outstanding ones are about the salary of nurses as recommended by the Pay Commission and the allowances. The committee to decide on allowances recommended by the Commission, headed by the finance secretary, will meet representatives of nurses’ unions on September 12.”
Mishra said the three hospitals run by the central government in Delhi were functioning despite the strike. “… We are making great efforts to keep government hospitals functional… the Delhi government has already invoked ESMA,” added Mishra.
He said it was “unfortunate” that the nurses had chosen to go on strike while hospitals were dealing with so many cases of dengue and chikungunya.