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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

PCMS doctors to get time-scale promotions

PATIALA, May 31: The PCMS doctors, engineers, civil and police service officers have been given three time-scale promotions after 4, 9 and 14 years of regular service by the Punjab government while implementing the recommendations of the 4th Punjab pay commission headed by Justice S.S. Sandhawalia.

Stating this, Dr M.S. Randhawa, Dr D.S. Gill and Dr Manjit Singh, patron, president and general secretary of PCMS association respectively, in a joint statement here today, said that as per the notification issued by Punjab Finance department on May 19, PCMS doctors have been given the initial scale of Rs 7,880-13,500 with a start of Rs 8,000, a scale of Rs 10,025-15,100 after four years, Rs 12,000-15,500 after nine years and 14,300-18,150 after 14 years of regular service.

In another notification issued by Principal Secretary Health, Rajesh Chhabra on the advice of the Finance Department, doctors have been given given non-practising allowance at the rate of 25 per cent of basic pay which will be treated as pay for the purpose of grant of dearness allowance, TA/DA, as well as for calculations of retirement benefits.While hailing the decision, the PCMS association said that with this, the Punjab government has undone the "injustice" being done to Punjab doctors for the past 10 years.

PCMS doctors had remained on strike for 95 days in 1989 to seek parity in time-scale promotions and allowances with central government doctors.

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