Over 4,000 junior doctors on Monday began an indefinite strike protesting against the state government for "inordinate" delay in raising their pay grades, affecting health services across Jammu.
The decision to go on the strike was taken in a meeting called by Doctors Joint Action Committee (DJAC) in Jammu on Monday, officials said.
During agitation, the routine work in hospitals will remain shut in Jammu as about 4000 junior doctors are taking part in the indefinite strike, a spokesman of DJAC Satyainder Singh said.
He condemned the indifferent attitude of the state government towards the demands of DJAC despite the assurances given by the Finance Minister, Health Minister and Minister for Medical Education to them.
Earlier on September 13, DJAC had served a final ultimatum to the government to fulfil their demands till September 30, failing which they will go on strike.
The junior doctors have been demanding higher pay grades, integration of post graduate stipend with that of the house or assistant surgeon, time bound promotion.
Work was badly affected in Government Medical College and several hospitals in Jammu district on Monday, officials said, adding, however, emergency services were being run by senior doctors in the district.