The contract outsourcing employees of 104 ambulance services staged a protest demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Saturday as part of their ongoing agitation to press for continuation of their services and increase of their wages as per the G.O. No 3.

The employees earlier took out a huge rally in the town in support of their demands. Speaking at a meeting held in front of the Collectorate, Contract Outsourcing Employees' Federation district general secretary Manmadha Rao deplored that the fate of nearly 3,000 contract employees of 104 ambulance services was hanging in balance in the aftermath of the report submitted by a committee appointed by the government on 104 services.

Crucial services

Asserting that the contract employees those who were earlier recruited by the Health Management and Research Institute (HMRI) under FDHS scheme had rendered crucial services in the public health care delivery system, he wanted the government to continue the services of the contract outsourcing employees including lab technicians, pharmacists, drivers, and data entry operators.

The remaining speakers demanded that the government should hike the salaries of the contract employees, release pending wages, and sanction food allowance.

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