THE MADHYA Pradesh Junior Doctors’ Association (MPJDA) has expressed resentment over the non-payment of dues to junior doctors for the period they were on strike recently in connection with the reservation issue. The authorities, however, are hopeful of a solution soon.
Following the Supreme Court’s directives, the striking junior doctors had called off the strike as the Supreme Court had ruled that the stipend/honorarium being given to them should not be cut for the strike duration.
The junior doctors in other states have received their dues, but the members of the MPJDA are yet to get it, MPJDA claimed. “We had submitted a copy of the Supreme Court judgment and a request letter to the authorities.
on July 19 itself. But they have not released our dues till date,” MPJDA general secretary Dr Anand Rai said. “The inaction of the authorities has prompted us to take such a step. We will first move the HC bench here for ‘contempt of court’ by the authorities and thereafter consider resorting to strike again,” Dr Rai added.
Indore alone has 320 junior doctors and the MPJDA has about 1,500 members across the State. The Gwalior and Jabalpur units have already sent notices regarding the payment issue.
“The date for the strike has not yet been decided. Initially we will wait for the HC decision and then decide on going on strike,” Dr Rai added.
Meanwhile, MGM Medical College Dean Dr V K Saini claimed, “We have received that letter but we are waiting for the government’s approval. Even today I have sent a reminder and I am hopeful the amount will be released within a day or two.”
When asked about their preparedness in case of a strike, the MGM College Dean said, “I am sure such a situation will not arise. But if at all they resort to strike, we will handle the situation with the help of assistant doctors. We have had strikes earlier too. But again, I am sure, the clearance will come in a day or two and there will be no room for complaint for anyone.”