Want parity of pay with Punjab counterparts
Members of the Haryana Medical Civil Services Association (HMCSA) demanding pay parity with doctors in Punjab have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from January 13 if the government fails to meet their long-pending demands by then.
Talking to Newsline from Rohtak,Dr Jitender Kadian,senior association member,said it was decided in the state-level executive committee meeting held today that the government doctors in the state would go on mass casual leave on January 12 in lieu of their demands. Prior to this,a general body meeting of the HCSMA would be held on January 11.
Kadian said if the government still fails to meet their demands,the doctors would go on an indefinite strike after January 13. They would also submit mass resignations,if the need arises,he warned.
Dejected by the implementation of the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission in the state from January 1,members of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HMCSA) are up in arms against the Haryana government.
Resident members of the HMCSA in the state have been wearing black bands from January 1 as a mark of protest. A three-member committee of HCMSA has also been formed at PGI,Rohtak,to look into the matter. The committee comprises Dr Harnam,Dr Shivdutt Udas and Dr Naresh Sharma.
Dr Vijay Dahiya,president of HCMSA,said the recommendations of the commission applicable to the doctors working in government hospitals was most disappointing and an eyewash. Doctors in Haryana have always held the grouse that their salary was not at par with their counterparts in Punjab.
The Haryana government has failed to fulfill its promise of making the pay of Haryana government doctors equal their counterparts in Punjab. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had given an assurance to us in this regard last year and the Finance department had also approved the proposal of a pay hike for the doctors,but the decision was kept pending till the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission in the state, said Dr Vijay Dahiya.
He added that members of the HCMSA were quite satisfied with the positive response of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
We hope the pay disparity with Punjab will be sorted out soon and we will not be forced to go on strike, said Dahiya.