Punjab: Protesting doctors lock offices of SMOs, Civil Surgeons

It may be recalled that the Health Minister, on July 27, had assured the doctors of NPA rollback but nothing has been done in this regard.

By Rajan Nath - August 02, 2021 11:08 am

Protest against Punjab 6th pay commission: The government doctors in Punjab, who are protesting over the issue of non-practicing allowance (NPA), on Monday locked the offices of Senior Medical Officers and Civil Surgeons in various parts of the state.

The protesting doctors have announced the siege of offices of Senior Medical Officers and Civil Surgeons till August 4. Meanwhile, the doctors will visit the health department's headquarters in Chandigarh on August 5.

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This was a part of their ongoing protest of doctors against the recommendations of Punjab's 6th pay commission, delinking the NPA from the basic pay and reducing it from 25 percent to 20 percent.

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The protesting doctors have been demanding restoring of Non-Practise Allowance (NPA) to its previous levels and re-link it again with basic pay.

Meanwhile, Punjab State Medical and Dental Teachers Association (PSMDTA) has made it clear that the association has decided to intensify its agitation if the NPA demand is not accepted by the government within the next week.

It may be recalled that the Health Minister, on July 27, had assured the doctors of NPA rollback but nothing has been done in this regard.

Dr. Rohit Rampal from the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association stated that they had no other option but to continue their strike.

-PTC News

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