Kohima: The agitating Nagaland Staff Nurse Association (NSNA) on Wednesday turned down the proposal of the government for amendment of the existing Nagaland Nursing Service Rule 1988 and decided to further extend their mass casual leave for another three days.
The association categorically rejected the proposal of the government for Amendment of the Nurses Service Rule as the present agitation is for amendment of the existing rules but basically based on a two-point demand, NSNA President Catherine and Vice-president Rongsenlemla said this evening.
The association has asked the government to fulfill their demands by introducing two distinct channels in the functioning of the staff nurses and nursing sisters (Registered Nurse Registered Midwife - RNRM)).
They have also demanded gradation to be granted to the general nursing staff.
The department has been violating the existing service rules for the past several years by not giving any promotional avenue for the general nursing staff, NSNA alleged adding that over the years nurses with Degree/Diploma holders have been superceding the senior GNM.
"We are fighting for our rights and justice and therefore we are prepared to face any eventuality till its fulfilled, NSNA leaders said while reacting to yesterday's statement of Commissioner and Secretary M Patton cautioning that government would be forced to take hard decision if the NSNA did not withdraw their agitation and get back to service.