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RANCHI: The unpaid doctors of Jharkhand's premier medical college and hospital, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) have decided to launch a full-fledged agitation to realize their dues. The state government has decided to slash 25% of their salaries paid to them as non-practicing allowance (NPA).

Around 300 junior doctors of RIMS wore black badges to their workplace on Thursday demanding NPA with their salaries. Not just the junior doctors, seniors, too, have not received their salary or NPA for the last two months.

RIMS administration has recently been given annual allotment of funds for the year 2012-13. Last year's allotment was used by the hospital administration to pay salaries and NPA to these doctors.

However, with the latest allotment a directive has been given to the RIMS administration from the state government not to pay NPA from the fund. Following the issuance of the notice junior doctors called upon RIMS director Tulsi Mahto to register their protests.

"The price of petrol has been hiked. The cost of living is too high these days but instead of increasing our salaries, the government is slashing it," said a junior doctor, who did not want to be quoted.

RIMS medical superintendent S K Chaudhary said, "The doctors have lodged their protests but they have not skipped work."

According to a rough estimate on Thursday around 2500 patients were attended to by the doctors at RIMS.

Later, the doctors held a meeting at anatomy hall to discuss future strategies. "The principal secretary has sought 10 days time to resolve the issue," said another junior doctor on the condition of anonymity.

When contacted Tulsi Mahto said, "A group of doctors had called on me today. But I will not speak on the issue right now."

Another group of doctors had gheraoed Tulsi Mahto's office on Wednesday demanding an explanation on the same issue. Later they had also called upon Jharkhand principal secretary for health K Vidyasagar to address their grievances. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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