Cuttack: Emergency health care services were completely thrown out of gear across the state due to agitation by staff of 108 ambulance services today.
The situation was critical in Cuttack where employees of 108 ambulance services protested the arrest of 108 ambulance staff union President Manoj Sahu. Twenty six ambulances were stationed near Cuttack Collectorate and all the 183 employees en masse submitted their resignation letter to the district Collector.
Manoj was arrested on August 20 following an atrocity case filed by Dhaneswar Tirkey, head of 108 ambulance operations in Western Odisha.
Earlier, Manoj and Dheneswar were embroiled in a verbal duel on August 9 during a meeting in Balangir on various demands of the union, including pay revision. Later, on August 10, Dhaneswar filed a complaint under SC/ST Atrocities Act against Manoj leading to his arrest.
The 108 ambulance staff of Balangir district had too had ceased work and stationed around 20 ambulances in front of Bolangir Collector’s office on August 21 protesting Manoj’s arrest..
Reportedly, 108 ambulance staff of some other districts also have put in their mass resignation to concerned authorities.