Shillong, Mar 31: Despite protests by employees of the 108 Emergency Services to terminate the contract with GVK EMRI, the government on Wednesday went ahead and renewed it.
State Health Minister, A. L. Hek informed that the government has no plans to take over the 108 ambulance services.
The contract between the state government and GVK EMRI ended on March 31, 2021.
“We do not want the 108 ambulance services to be affected. Therefore we have decided to extend the contract with the GVK EMRI,” Hek told reporters.
The Health Minister pointed out to the difficulties in running the MeECL even as he added that the best option is to let a private partner to run the emergency service.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya EMRI Workers’ Union (MEMRIWU) has served one-week deadline to terminate the contract with the GVK EMRI.
The MEMRIWU wants the state government to take over the operation of the 108 Emergency Services.
Strongly opposing the state government’s decision to give the contract to GVK EMRI or any other private entities, president of the union, Microlina Syiemlieh told reporters that the employees will intensify their agitation if the government fails to give in to their demands