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JAMMU/SRINAGAR: The government revoked the suspension of 34 doctors leaving apart two including President and Vice President of Resident Doctors Association (RDA), Srinagar.
The doctors have been on strike for the last two days in Srinagar and in Jammu seeking removal of salary disparity of resident doctors after implementation of Seventh Pay Commission and re-instatement of terminated doctors of GMC Srinagar.
The government had announced ESMA (Essential Service Maintenance Act) against the striking doctors on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education (HME) revoked the termination and suspension order of 34 resident doctors except aforesaid office bearers of RDA. The government also clarified that all the orders announced on Wednesday stand withdrawn.
Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of GMC and its Associated Hospitals condemned the fascist approach of divide and rule and has decided to continue the strike till RDA President and the Vice-President are re-instated.
“We cannot comprehend why such an action was taken specially targeting our leaders.
It has led the resident doctors of the college questioning the motive of the authorities. We believe that they want to create an atmosphere of fear in which no one will ever dare to raise voice against injustice anymore,” the resident doctors said.
Today, the resident doctors of GMC and its Associated Hospitals, Jammu, observed strike in support of RDA Srinagar.
“There is salary disparity between doctors in GMC Jammu/Srinagar and SKIMS Soura. The resident doctors in SKIMS Soura have higher salaries in comparison to the GMC Jammu and GMC Srinagar which should be removed,” said the RDA Jammu Spokesperson.
“The previous government had assured the removal of salary disparity between GMC resident doctors in Jammu/Srinagar and Soura SKIMS,” he said, adding that the salary disparity was removed on October 2017 but after the implementation of Seventh Pay Commission, the salary of resident doctors in both GMC Jammu and Srinagar was less in comparison to SIKMS Soura since benefits of Pay Commission recommendations were not extended to the GMC Srinagar/Jammu doctors.
“We will continue our strike. However, we have constituted teams of doctors to meet emergency needs in the GMC Jammu so that the patients or Amarnath pilgrims should not suffer,” he added.
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