Jobs of employees at stake as 108 ambulance service changes hands
The GVK EMRI has issued notices to more than 900 employees to leave their jobs as the contract of the company to operate the 108 emergency ambulance service is ending on April 30. The company however has given the option of transfer to these employees to other states.
The state government had recently handed over the task of operating the 108 ambulance service to Community Action and Motivation Programme (CAMP) after it quoted cheapest rate in the tender process. As the term of its contract is ending, the GVK- EMRI management has issued letters to the all its employees in which it is mentioned that April 30 would be their last day in service. The 108 ambulance service has more than 900 employees which include, drivers, technicians and workers of its call centres.
It is learnt that the new operator CAMP is willing to appoint experienced staff of the GVK EMRI but is not ready to pay them the salary they were receiving. “ We are getting a monthly salary of Rs 17000 per month but the new operator is offering only 10000 which is too less,’’ said one employee.
The head of GVK EMRI, Manish Tinku said that the company is offering to merge the employees of Uttarakhand in other states like Uttar Pradesh (UP) where the company is operating the ambulance service.
The General Manager (GM) marketing of CAMP, Pradip Rai said that the new operator is ready to absorb the experienced staff but accepted that they would be offered slightly less salary. He claimed that the 50 percent of the old employees have applied in response to the recruitment advertisement.
Started in the year 2008, the 108 services is a vital cog in providing emergency care in all parts of the state.
The service also caters the important task of transporting pregnant women for safe deliveries in the hospital under Khushiyon Ki Savari.
The 108 ambulance service has a fleet 139 ambulances and it has a boat ambulance too which is operated in Tehri lake.
Thursday, 11 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun