Bhubaneswar: The contractual nurses who have been appointed by the Government in the three medical colleges and other tertiary health institutions of the State have staged a dharna at PMG Chhack, Bhubaneswar on Monday demanding the removal of pay anomalies and abolition of all contractual appointments by the Government.

The nurses have demanded a basic pay of Rs 9,300 at the time of appointment by ending all the differences in pay-scales among the personnel doing the same work in the same hospitals.

While nurses, whose services had been regularised, are provided with the Sixth Pay Commission pay-scale and were drawing salaries to the tune of over Rs 25,000. Those under contractual appointment were being paid measly sums of less than Rs 10,000 a month. Even among the contractual nurses, those appointed under NRHM are getting Rs 8,500 and those out of it given Rs 5,200.

The nurses have demanded abolition of the contractual appointment system and regularisation of all nurses and have threatened that the Government will be solely responsible for any inconvenience, if they do not take any immediate action.