News : 108 Ambulance Service Staff Hold Demonstration
Coimbatore, Oct 16, 2014 -- Drivers and technicians working with 108 Ambulance Service held a demonstration near the Red Cross building demanding Diwali bonus.
They have threatened to go on a statewide 14-hour strike starting at 8pm on October 21 if the state government does not intervene to give them the bonus.
A statement issued by the Coimbatore district 108 ambulance paramedical, drivers and call centre staff said they had not received the bonus since they joined the service six years ago. They get a salary ranging between Rs 8,500 and Rs 8,900.
"We want the state government to intervene and issue us bonuses. If the government doesn't intervene, we will go on a strike across the state from 8pm on October 21 to 8pm on October 22," said the statement.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About 108 Ambulance Services:
108 is a free telephone number for emergency services in India, currently operational in 17 States ( Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) and two Union Territories (Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.) The 108 Emergency Response Service is a free emergency service providing integrated medical, police and fire emergency services. The service is a public-private partnership between state governments and private EMS providers. 108 was introduced by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana for the first time in India. 108 is also functional in Punjab Odisha, Maharashtra, Bihar Kerala. Till November 2014 this service handled 5.4 lakh emergency cases in India.
Published: Monday, October 20, 2014