SRINAGAR: Regretting the “callous and insensitive” attitude of government towards long pending “genuine” demands of doctors working in rural healthcare system, doctors in Jammu and Kashmir have said they will observe a two-hour pen down strike on May 30 from 10 am till 12 noon.
DAK president Dr Suhail Naik in a statement said the doctors have been peacefully pleading for their demands since decades at directorate or secretariat level, but it seems the authorities are least interested in resolving their issues. He said exploitation is a norm now.
“Understanding the sensitivity of our profession and the responsibilities on our shoulders, we were very hesitant to go for pen down strike and instead projected our resentment by wearing black bands on May 22, but it seems the government is hell bent on pushing us to the wall and forcing us to go for indefinite strike,” he said.
“Therefore we are giving one last chance to government to wake up from deep slumber and address our long pending genuine demands, otherwise from June 25 we will be forced to go for indefinite strike and adverse consequences whatsoever will be solely the responsibility of the government,” Dr Naik added.
Meanwhile, DAK general secretary Dr Owais H Dar in a statement said government is “taking us for granted and doesn’t bother to address our demands”. “It is highly deplorable and shocking that employees who work less than us with quite comfortable duties are being paid more than us,” he said.
DAK had issued a protest calendar about two weeks ago which started with a black band protest on May 22.
The protest calendar issued by DAK is fully supported by J&K Doctors Coordination Committee – an amalgam of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Doctors Association Jammu (DAJ), Chenab Valley Doctors Association (CVDA), Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD), Society of Dental Surgeons Jammu Kashmir (SDSJK), Private Practitioners, and Ladakh Doctors Association, the statement said.