Agartala: The services of the 102 ambulances have stalled in Sepahijala district following a strike called by the ambulance staff over a controversy regarding EPF contributions and delayed salaries.

Ambulance drivers and health workers staged a sit-in protest in the Bishalgarh sub-division against the action taken by the authority.

The staff alleged that for the past one-and-a-half years, Rs 1,500 has been deducted every month from their salaries in the name of EPF. The staff of 102 Ambulance told the media that they had called their state coordinator Asish Choudhury to inquire about their salary, including the EPF fund, but they were abused by the official.

“Two staff of 102 ambulance service have been marked as absent. We have informed about these incidents to the office of the district magistrate and the labour department,” the health staff added.

Until the demands are met, all the 28 ambulance services workers of 102 in Sepahijala district have decided to suspend the services.

The ambulance staff also complained that during the interview, they were told that the salary would be paid by the 10th of every month, however, they are being paid the salary by a delay of a week every time.

When contacted with the Sepahijala district magistrate, Vishwasree B said that the Chief Medical officer, Sepahijala is meeting them to understand their concerns and address them accordingly.

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