Bhopal: ANMs training, marriage clause misinterpreted, will be removed

Bhopal: The state government has admitted to its fault after news was published in Free Press on Monday related to a rule where condition was imposed in female health workers not to get married or pregnant during training. Health director, Nishant Warwade clarified that the order was based on general administration department’s order that stated that if women got pregnant during training then they are termed temporarily unfit.

It seems that the lower staff probably misinterpreted it and forgot to add the term temporarily unfit. This will be looked into and changed, he added. He said that he will look into the rules, when asked about condition of not getting married during training. It needs to be mentioned that the training of health workers ranges from two to three years.

More than 100 health workers (ANMs) had gathered in the state capital for a protest as they were not given jobs. It was then that the inhuman service rule came to fore. The rule said that getting married or pregnant during training will make the candidate ineligible. Several organisations had taken note of the news and had promised to take the matter with the higher authorities. Women right activist, Upasna Behar said that the rule was inhuman and against human rights.

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