The employees of 104 call centre of Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) organised a series of protests at several places in the State capital on Thursday. The employees are demanding assurance from authorities over continuation of their jobs when the 104 call centre is handed over to the Arogyasri.

Close to 1,000 employees of HMRI participated in a series of protest meetings held at RTC crossroads, HMRI head office at Begumpet and Indira Park cross roads on Thursday. A relay hunger strike is being carried out by the 104 call centre employees at dharna chowk, Indira Park.

“The Arogyasri Trust wants to replace 1,000 employees by taking up fresh recruitment. How can they ignore the existing employees who have over five years of experience in handling emergency phone calls? There is no clarity yet from authorities over these issues,' says president of 104 Call Centre Contract Employee's Union (HMRI), Syed Areef.

The union members said that they would continue to protest against the decision of authorities to take up fresh recruitment. “We only hope that the government comes up with a clear picture on this issue in the next few days,” union members said.

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