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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The New Indian Express News -TN Govt doctors to go on hunger strike on April 4

TN Govt doctors to go on hunger strike on April 4
Wednesday April 2 2008 00:13 IST


VELLORE: Seeking the intervention of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to constitute a special committee to study the widespread ‘disparities in pay scale, promotion and allowance’ for clinical and non-clinical faculties of government health sector in the state, members of Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association (TNGDA) will go on a hunger strike on April 4 on the premises of Madras Medical College (MMC), Chennai.

“The objective of the protest is to seek the attention of the CM against the anomalies of pay scale for the government doctors in primary health centres (PHC), taluk hospitals, government hospitals, medical colleges and other hospitals in the state,” said state secretary of the association, Dr K Senthil.

“We have decided to go on a hunger strike after our initiatives to represent our grievances to the Chief Minister have been turned down. Around 2,000 members of state and district level office bearers will take part in the protest,” said state treasurer, TNGDA, Dr K Jeyakumar.

According to the norms of the Medical Council of India, there is a time stipulation for promotion. It is followed in several states, including the neighbouring, said another member of the association.

The basic salary for the assistant surgeon (freshers) in the field is Rs 11,715 and Rs 14,050 in AP and Karnataka respectively, whereas the freshers in the state get Rs 8,000, said a member of the association.

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