The para-medical employees under the aegies of the CPI(M)-led Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and the CPI-led All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) staged a dharna on Friday in support of their demands including pay hike and better working condition for them.

Members of 104 mobile medical teams led by CITU Prakasam District President Ch. Mazumdar formed a massive human chain at the busy Church Centre here on Friday to press for regularisation of the services of members of 104 mobile medical teams and pay on par with the government staff.

Medical services in rural areas continued to remain affected as the agitation by the contract employees entered the 16th day on Friday.

More than 100 contract employees, including Auxillary Nurse Midwives (ANMs), pharmacists, lab technicians, data entry operators and drivers, raised slogans against the government for remaining ‘indifferent' to their demand even after a fortnight.

Addressing the activists, the CITU leader alleged that the government itself was ‘biggest violator' of labour laws. Spurred by the success of 108 ambulance service, the State government had introduced 104 mobile medical vans in the State to provide medical advice to rural people at their door-steps.

Meanwhile, members of the Andhra Pradesh Blood Banks and Storage centres Contract Employees Union staged a dharna in front of the Prakasam Bhavan demanding immediate release of their salaries pending for four months, besides pay hike, pension and retirement benefits.

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