Will resume strike if issues not resolved in week: GDC docs

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SRINAGAR: The resident doctors and students of Government Dental College Srinagar have threatened of resuming the indefinite strike if authorities fail to solve their pending issues in a week.
In a statement, the Resident Doctors Association said, “The resident doctors and students of Government Dental College Srinagar had been on an indefinite strike one month back due to inaction of Principal on the complaint by students that Dr Mohammad Mushtaq HOD Orthodontics was using his students as domestic helps and used to physically and mentally harass them.”
“The strike continued for 12 days during which Deputy Commissioner Srinagar conducted an enquiry in the case on the directions of Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Based on the report submitted by Deputy Commissioner, the Health Ministry attached Dr Mohammad Mushtaq to Directorate of Health Services for his misdeeds.”
The statement added, “After this order was passed, the doctors and students had demanded for an academic in charge in place of Dr Mohammad Mushtaq for PG and UG students and compensation of the attendance of the period of protest as the protest was for a genuine cause.”
“On the directions and assurance of Health Minister and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that all our grievances will be addressed and academics will be streamlined, we suspended the strike. However we had stated that our protest will continue until the government issues an order to appoint permanent academic in charge of the Orthodontics department in place of Dr. Muhammad Mushtaq and all the students are given compensation of attendance.”
The statement said that Minister of State for Ministry of Health and Medical Education Asiea Naqash had visited the college and directed the Principal to solve all the pending issues at the earliest.
“The Divisional Commissioner had directed college as well as university authorities/VC to hasten the process of Guide change. Till this day, neither the change of Guide/Examiner has come out in utmost clarity nor has any compensation been given for attendance. This has put students in a state of immense trouble as a cloud of uncertainty looms over their future,” the Association said.
“We are giving the authorities a week’s time to solve our pending issues otherwise we will be forced to resume the strike,” the statement added.