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Doctors not ready to call off strike despite invoking ESMA

Despite government invoking ESMA against the striking resident doctors of government hospital across the state, they are not ready to bow down and call off their agitation.

india Updated: Jul 27, 2009 19:14 IST

Despite government invoking ESMA against the striking resident doctors of government hospital across the state, they are not ready to bow down and call off their agitation.

Over 2000 resident doctors from different districts of Gujarat have been on strike since last five days demanding rise in monthly stipend, which they claim is less than the salary of a class four employee in a government hospital.

"We have accepted termination letters issued to us in Surat, Ahmedabad and other districts, and will also be replying to the show cause notices issued to other doctors across the state," spokesperson for Gujarat Association of Resident Doctors (GARD), Dr Vivek Patel said.

"We are ready to face any action by the government but we won't call off our strike," he added.

Essential Services Maintenance Act was imposed on the striking doctors on Sunday evening after talks between them and the government failed.

"We were prepared to consider and decide upon all their demands if they withdrew their strike. But wiser senses did not prevail over them," principal secretary Ravi Saxena said.

Under ESMA the striking resident doctors can also be arrested or detained by the police.

Meanwhile, resident doctors from across the state have converged in Ahmedabad after they were asked to evacuate their hostels by the respective medical college authorities.

"Resident doctors from various medical colleges and government hospitals have come to Ahmedabad and will continue their agitation from here. They have been asked to vacate their hostel accommodations," Patel said.
He further said that they are likely to go to Gandhinagar for one more round of talks with the government later in the day.