Heavy Police Force Deployed as Disengaged COVID Care Workers Remain Adamant On Demands


Bhubaneswar: As the agitation by health workers (removed from Covid care centres) continued at Lower PMG area in Odisha Capital, heavy police force has been deployed here in order to maintain law & order.

Reportedly, disengaged female health care workers earlier posted at different COVID Care Centres (CCCs) and COVID Care Homes (CCHs) continue to stage their demands for regularisation of their jobs and payment of pending salaries.

Hundreds of such health care workers have been protesting against the government’s action at Lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar since 28 November 2020.

They have been demonstrating against the removal of some of the health workers from jobs despite Coronavirus threat in the state.

They alleged that the state government laid them off from work when the threat of COVID19 is still looming large in Odisha and there is chance of second wave of Coronavirus outbreak. The protesters have also leveled allegations on non-payment of their salaries of some months.

It may be noted that Odisha government announced to close down the COVID care centres and homes in mid-September in view of the falling of the occupancy at such centres.

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