Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday asked the state finance ministry and health department to withdraw an earlier order of reducing the salary cap of government doctors by R10,000 per month.
The order came after a meeting between the chief minister and top officials, which was held following a strike call by the doctors.
“The chief minister has asked the departments to withdraw the salary revision immediately. Now we will not go on strike,” said Dr Kuldeep Singh, state president of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMS).
The finance department had issued an order on June 10 to cut the doctors’ salaries by R10,000.
Even though the order had wreaked havoc among doctors and they had threatened to go on strike, top officials of the state government on Monday said they were unaware of any salary cut order and may have signed the file “by mistake”.
These top officials include finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha and principal secretary to the state government for health Navraj Sandhu.
In a meeting with the finance minster on Monday in Chandigarh, Chattha told representatives of HCMS that he was unaware of any such order being passed from his office.
However, the order dated June 10 has been uploaded on the finance department’s website.
“The minister said that he didn’t know of any such order that was released from his office. He also told us probably he must have signed the file by mistake as it was stacked with other files,” said HCMS president.
The meeting had taken place at the minister’s house. The minister could not be reached for his comments.
When HT spoke to the principal secretary to the Haryana government for health, she also said that she didn’t know of any order related to salary cut. “I don’t know of any such order. I haven’t been informed about this salary revision by anyone,” claimed Sandhu.
The controversial order had compared the doctors’ salary with that of IAS and Haryana Civil Services officials. But unlike civil services officers, government doctors do not get facilities such as accommodation, vehicle, servants, electricity, etc.
The revision was meant for doctors working in the departments of public health, animal husbandry, diary development, and Ayush.
According to the June 10 order, doctors who get 25% of their salary as non-practicing allowance will be eligible for the same on the condition that their salary doesn’t exceed R79, 000 per month.