Ranchi, Dec. 8, 2008: Over 200 junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have decided to go on a mass leave and a daylong hunger strike on December 10 to protest a payment delay.
The association has further threatened to observe an indefinite strike 10 days after their protest on Wednesday. They have started organising regular meetings to thrash out the details of the strike.
President of Junior Doctors’ Association Jitendra Singh Munda said they were compelled to take the protest path as the state government was not paying heed to their demand for pay in accordance with the junior residency scheme.
“According to the junior residency scheme of the RIMS, a junior doctor should get 94 per cent of the salary of state health officials, but the juniors are not getting the stated amount. We had pointed out the irregularities in March this year, but the government has turned a deaf ear to our demands,” Munda said.
Dr. Pankaj, a member of the Junior Doctors’ Association, backed Munda’s claims.
“While the pay scale for state health officials is Rs 8,000-Rs 13,500, our pay package falls under the scale of just Rs 6,500-Rs 10,000,” he said.
A stalemate is likely to result as health secretary Pradeep Kumar has made it clear that it was difficult to meet the demands of the doctors in near future. “The finance department has rejected the demand and we cannot fulfil the demands of the junior doctors at RIMS,” he said.
Sources said the junior residency scheme of RIMS was drawn up following a decision taken by the RIMS governing council at a meeting held on April 20, 2004.
Keeping in view the information received in this regard from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Union health and family welfare ministry and AIIMS prospectus 2003 for admission to postgraduate courses.Source:telegraphindia.com