Employees submit memorandum to close cases

Meghnagar: After children’s deaths caused by measles, due to incomplete and irregular immunization in the affected villages, the collector directed to lodge FIRs against the employees concerned. This action of administration has caused fear and stress among the employees and officers of district health department. The employees unions have objected on this action and a memorandum, addressed to the CM, health minister and divisional commissioner was given to the SDM Pratap Singh Chauhan, demanding closure of the cases filed against the employees.

It was mentioned in the memorandum that, due to the stress caused by work pressure and this harsh action of administration, the ANM posted on contract in Madrani primary health centre had a heart attack and lost her life, on May 12. The union further asked that, under this atmosphere of stress and fear, how the employees could serve the people, while for better work the employees need stress-free and cooperative atmosphere.

The union leaders argued that, there are provisions regarding actions against negligence in duty by any employee, under the ‘MP Civil Services (Conduct) Rules -1965 and under Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules -1966; hence, there was no need of FIR for taking action against the employees.

They also explained in the memorandum that, the geographical condition of Jhabua district is very different from the other districts. The villages, in which the measles claimed lives of children, are situated on the Gujrat border and the most of the villagers used to go on short-term migration in Gujrat. Due to this, many children used to left from immunization.

They further asserted that, one ANM in the health department have to work for 6 to7 villages and she has to work according to her available time. According to rule, on the population of 3000, one ANM and one MPW should be posted; but presently, in this block only one ANM is posted on the population of 7-8,000. The area wise condition is more serious as only one health worker is available to look after an area of 10 to 15 Km diameter.

Thus, in these given circumstances, the action of filing FIR against the employees is highly unjust and it has caused widespread anguish among the employees. Therefore, the ‘Medical Officers and Health Workers Union’ demanded the cancellation of the FIRs.

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