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Unhappy over pay revisions, resident docs threaten strike

Unhappy with the recommendations of the 6th pay commission, doctors have sought an explanation from the health ministry, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

delhi Updated: Oct 06, 2008 22:54 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Resident doctors across government hospitals in the Capital went to work wearing black badges on Monday.

Unhappy with the recommendations of the 6th pay commission, which reduces their basic pay to lower than that of the 5th pay commission, doctors have sought an explanation from the health ministry.

The revised recommendation does not mention the non-practicing allowance, bringing down their pay scales. The allowance is given when doctors do not practice outside the institute hospitals.

“The salary recommended in the 5th pay commission was revised in 1998 after the doctors protested, as this allowance was missing in the initial recommendation. The finance ministry has yet again missed this allowance in the revised 6th pay commission reducing our basic pay packet,” said Dr Akhil Kumar, vice president, resident doctors association at Lok Nayak Hospital.

Various representatives from forum of resident doctors’ associations met with Dr Sambasiva Rao, special director of health services to present their grievance. “He has assured us he will convey the confusion to the health and family welfare ministry who would further direct it to the finance ministry. We are hopeful this issue would be addressed, as this is unjust and completely unheard of,” Kumar added.

“We have given the health ministry 48 hours to respond, failing to which all city resident doctors will go on strike,” said a doctor from Hindu Rao hospital.

Resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) also supported the agitation.

“No one has ever heard of pay scales decreasing, especially after revision. We have written to our Director as well as the chief financial officer to look into the matter,” says Kumar Harsh, president RDA, AIIMS.