102 and 108 ambulance services temporarily shut in city, people affected
GUWAHATI: The operations of 102 and 108 emergency ambulance service in the city have been temporarily called off by the GVK-EMRI for the past two days, the company which manages the ambulance services in the state. This has affected the emergency services in the city.
GVK-EMRI officials told G Plus that the decision was taken after the striking workers assaulted top officials of the Hyderabad-based company at a negotiation meeting held in Guwahati recently.
“Fearing safety of the workers which we had employed in the meantime, we decided to call the service off completely,” informed an official of the company.
In the absence of 102 and 108 ambulances, people are now reaching out to private vehicles from private hospitals and nursing homes.
A total of 695 ambulances (including 102 and 108) managed by GVK-EMRI were operational in Assam before the strike.
Close to 3000 staff of the 108 and 102 ambulance services of the state went on an indefinite strike from September 4 affecting medical emergency services across the city as well as the state.
Their major demands included an increment in their salary, leave encashment, reducing their shift duty from 12 hours to 8 hours and implementation of the rules of the labour law.