Jobless dentists hold protest, demand separate Directorate for Dental Health

Jobless dentists hold protest, demand separate Directorate for Dental Health

Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: A group of unemployed dental surgeons on Monday held a protest here to demand jobs and creation of separate Directorate for Dental Health in the state.
The protesting dentists said their counterparts in Jammu are “on fast unto death” from past three days at Amphalla Chowk Jammu and no one from the administration has bothered to visit them. “The non-serious attitude of government towards our demands is pathetic,” they said.
“Since 2008, Health Department has not advertised any post to adjust dental surgeons,” Dr Asif Ali Khan, vice president of Dental Surgeons Associations J&K, said.
“We are 1300 dental doctors who have been left jobless, and every year 300 more pass outs are joining the already unemployed dental surgeons in state. At the same time government has no job policy for them,” said Khan.
He said they met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his residence on May 27, where he “assured us that ‘you will soon hear good news’ but nothing happened.”
“The Minister of Medical Education, Taj Mohiuddin, told us, during four meetings, that we will be provided jobs,” they said. “People call us cream of the society but we have been pushed to wall. This certificate is simply a piece of paper, worth nothing.”
Demanding that they be absorbed into the department of dental care and a separate Directorate for Dental Health be established in the state, they said, “It seems that Omar Abdullah is not able to understand problems of youth in his state.”
Raising slogans against the government, the doctors said that they will intensify protests if government does not act quickly.

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