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Docs reject govt appeal, resign en masse

india Updated: Sep 29, 2009 17:25 IST

Over 3,500 doctors in Karnataka on Tuesday resigned en masse in protest against the government's refusal to accept their demand for salary hike.

Rejecting the government's appeal not to resign till talks are held on October 4 to resolve the issue, the doctors submitted their resignation letters to the health and family welfare department Director, Usha Vasunkar.

The Karnataka Medical Officers' Association general body meeting took the decision, though Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa had conveyed through Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao that a meeting would be convened on October 4 to consider their demands, Association president Dr HN Ravindra told PTI.

"Enough time has already been given to the government to look into our pleas," he said.

However, Ravindra said doctors would work till October 14, the deadline set by them to meet their demands.

Government doctors at the "beginners level" get a monthly pay of Rs 18,500 which the Association has demanded be raised to at least Rs 35,000.

The government has offered a pay hike ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 8,000 which the Association has rejected.