Doctors file petition against Ramadoss

Despite HC's assurance, health ministry had not released the salary of docs for the period they were on strike.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2006 23:03 IST

The Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS and Maulana Azad Medical College on Saturday filed a contempt petition against Union Health Minister Dr A Ramdoss and Union Health Secretary PK Hota for not complying with the Supreme Court order, dated July 17, directing the health ministry to release the pay of doctors who participated in the anti-reservation strike.

The petitioners have contended that despite the orders of the apex court, the respondents have not paid the salary for the period from May 13 to May 30, when the doctors were on strike against the HRD Minister Arjun Singh's order providing 27.5 per cent reservation to OBCs in admissions to educational institutions in the country.

The petitioners have also alleged that the respondents are guilty of 'wilful and deliberate disobedience' of the court's order.

The resident doctors had called off their agitation as per the directions of the Supreme Court, issued on May 31, 2006, and health services were immediately restored throughout the country.

The Government had assured the Supreme Court that there would be no victimisation of the doctors and there would be no punitive action against them.

Despite the assurance, the health ministry had not released the salary of the doctors for the period they were on strike saying that 'no work no pay' principle was applicable in the case of doctors.

A bench, headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat, had earlier scolded the Government for applying the principle of no work no pay.

The government is not releasing the salary despite the opinion given by Additional Solicitor General of India to release the same.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week.

AIIMS director Professor D Venugopal was sacked when he ordered the release of the salary to the striking doctors.

First Published: Aug 12, 2006 23:03 IST