Srinagar: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has asked doctors to work an hour extra on Thursday as a mark of protest to press for their “genuine demands”, which it said the state government has miserably failed in addressing.
In a statement issued here, President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that the doctors have utilised all forms of democratically accepted protests to get their demands addressed but “it is unfortunate that government is not giving heed to our legitimate demands. As a mark of protest we have decided to do one hour extra work on Thursday”.
“We as responsible section of society are well aware of the fact that people of state direly need our unflinching services as state lacks vibrant private or corporate health sector,” Dr Naik said adding that all doctors are advised to continue in their respective areas of duty till 5 PM on Thursday.
Dr Owais H Dar, General secretary DAK, said that “even different civil societies, health societies, media fraternity, NGO’s and common people have called their long pending demands as genuine and fundamental right of doctors. “Relegated from pay band 3 to pay band 2, it seems that as concerned administration are getting psychological satisfaction by sitting on our files. They know as responsible citizens , our profession is our weakness. Therefore we have decided to work for an extra one hour on Thursday, and we are hopeful that this most accepted democratic form of protest will knock the doors at power corridors”.
“We are puzzled! that instead of addressing our long pending demands, the authorities are hell bent to muzzle the voice of doctors by targeting elected leadership of DAK,” Dr Dar added.
DAK appealed the Governor N N Vohra to take a serious look into the genuine demands of doctors of J&K and address them once for all, “so that this sacrosanct profession will get its sheen back”.