Nearly 4,000 government doctors in Karnataka would resign en masse on Tuesday in protest against the government's refusal to accept their demand on salary hike they sought. President of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association, HN Ravindra, told PTI that one or two doctors would, however, be on duty at taluk and district-level hospitals even after resigning to maintain health services.
The Association has set October 14 as the deadline for the Government to accept its demand. "If the Government does not accept our demand, we will not come to work from October 15," he said. 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.
Citing wage disparity, Ravindra pointed out that a lecturer at the entry level in medical colleges get Rs 44,500 per month.