Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association on Friday demanded the abolition of conditions laid down by the state government for giving 15% 'higher qualification allowance' to specialist doctors.
Association joint secretary Dr Gagandeep Shergill said a delegation, led by their president Dr Hardeep Singh, had met with health minister Madan Mohan Mittal to discuss a state government notification that was issued to provide benefits to specialist doctors. The association said that according to the notification, PCMS doctors with an MS degree had been provided five increments, equal to 15% of basic pay, and those with an MD degree had been given four increments, equal to 12% of basic pay. He said the notification was applicable to doctors, who had attained their degrees or diplomas after May 23, 2001.
The association demanded that the allowance should be treated as basic pay for calculating other allowances and that the benefits mentioned in the notification should be provided without any condition. It told the minister that the decision would discourage young PCMS doctors. Representatives also demanded the Punjab government to reconsider its decision to raise the eligibility tenure of rural service for these courses.