DAK threatens of indefinite strike after Eid if demands not met

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association of Kashmir led by Dr Suhail Naik has asked the government to “fulfill our genuine demands on fast track basis or we will proceed on indefinite strike immediately after Eid”. “This will cripple the peripheral health sector of Jammu and Kashmir and the onus and consequences there off will be on the govt,” DAK said in a statement issued here. The Association said it has decided to go for black band protest for May 22 (Tuesday), then 2 hour pen down strike for May 30 (Wednesday). “If Government remained unmoved then doctors across Jammu and Kashmir will go for one day complete strike on June 20 which will be followed by indefinite strike from Monday June 25,” DAK said adding that causality and emergency services will be barred from protest and strike programmes till the need may arise to shut them also. DAK in a letter to the government said, “With due respect we want to bring in your kind notice that time and again we have been projecting our genuine demands to the concerned quarters for redressal. This has been happening for decades now that government never took us or our issues seriously.” “Recently we had met previous Hon’ble Health Minister, previous Hon’ble Finance Minister, pay Anamoly committee chairman among other concerned quarters whose promises proved hoax. our basic demands are rectification of pay Anamoly, two and half day salary, risk allowances, rural allowances, caderisation of Consultants/ medical officers/dental surgeons, restoration of seniority at admintrative levels, rationalization of posts, implementation of transfer policy etc, the drafts of which have been submitted to the concerned quarters from time to time.” The Association said the duty hours of doctors working in Jammu and Kashmir exceeds much more than what is even permissible under labour laws. “Doctors of Jammu and Kashmir have lately gone on protest mode by availing our rightful gazetted holidays and will continue to avail till the Government awakes from deep slumber.”