Resident doctors in Himachal go on pen down strike


    Senior Resident Doctors Association (RDA) today went on pen down strike as State did not accept their demand to increase the stipend.

    Association had blamed the bureaucracy for creating differences between the Chief Minister and Medical Officers, because it did not implement the demands conceded by Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh on August 24, 2015.

    Principal Secretary Health had forced the doctors to go on strike as he failed to implement the demands accepted by the Chief Minister.

    Mr. Jiwan Lal secretary of Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) supporting the strike of the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) said that non-implementation of demands have forced the doctors to adopt the path of agitation and the whole responsibility would be on the Principal Secretary Health.

    President Dr. Sant Lal Sharma was surprise on non-implementation of demands which were accepted by Himachal State Government.

    They sought that Principal Secretary Health should be directed to finalize the seniority list within 90 days but till date nothing has been done so far.

    Members of the Association condemn the negative attitude of Secretary Health alleging that he was not serious in providing the Security to the doctors.

    Association had demanded hike in the stipend of Resident Doctors because they are getting lesser stipend than other states as the medical study is getting costlier. They warned that now the doctors would not bear this injustice.

    Association has threatened that if demand will not be implemented, they would be forced to adopt the path of agitation.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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