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Rajasthan govt won’t withdraw transfer order of 12 doctors

The transfers had triggered the latest strike by the doctors in the state.

jaipur Updated: Dec 21, 2017 20:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Patients wait for doctors during a strike at SMS hospital in Jaipur on Thursday.(Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

The state government has refused to withdraw the transfer order of 12 doctors. The transfers had triggered an indefinite medical strike that entered sixth day on Thursday.

“The state government will not bow down (to any pressure) and will not withdraw the transfer orders. Transfer is a continuous process in the government,” health minister Kali Charan Saraf said on Thursday.

Health services remained affected across the state on Thursday. Officials of All Rajasthan In-Service Doctors Association were not available for a comment as most of them are currently underground to escape arrest.

( L to R ) Transport and PWD minister Yunus khan and health minister Kali Charan Saraf at a press conference on Thursday. (Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Addressing a press conference on the ongoing doctors’ strike, Saraf said that the government has accepted all the demands and appealed to the doctors to join duty.

Asked why the government is not taking strict action such as cancelling registrations of doctors, he said: “We do not want to get strict as they are also our family members. The doors are always open for discussion; the doctors can come and talk to us.”

On implementing the high court’s order, he said: “We will ask the court as what steps to be taken.”

The health minister said some of demands that have been accepted, include Dynamic Accelerated Career Promotion, installing CCTV cameras at health facilities, increasing rural allowances of doctors, increasing internship allowance and providing housing to doctors in rural areas in phased manner.

Similarly, demand of stipend to service and non-service resident doctors from January 1, 2016 has been sent to the finance department.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:30 IST