Jagatsinghpur, June 1 (LocalWire): The drivers of a private ambulance service are protesting here against the non-payment of their salaries for two and a half months, as a result of which they have stopped plying ambulances to shift corona positive cases from isolation centres to COVID hospitals.
Sources said that nearly 4500 migrant workers have returned from different states to their native villages.
Although the health department has 102 and 108 ambulance services, private ambulance services providers have been deployed to shift COVID patients from different isolation centers to COVID hospitals.
10 private ambulances were allegedly in service here, plying corona positive patients.
Due to their coming in close contact with patients, they are unable to live with their families and have been kept in an isolation centre in District Headquarter Hospital, Jagatsinghpur.
Ambulance driver Pravat Panda said, “We have not received our salary for the past two months for which our families are facing a lot of hardships.
We have had to work on empty stomachs, sometimes having only biscuits. Neither the administration nor the health department have helped us, so we have stopped the plying of ambulances,” he added.
Other drivers informed that they have submitted a memorandum with three demands which are: remuneration for the past two and half months, Rs 120 per day towards food expenses and supply of ID card.
Regional Transport Officer Pratap Kishore Panda has informed, “Our department has taken steps to fulfill their demands after a discussion with the administration, after which they have called off their stir.”