Kerala Govt doctors withdrew strike for temporary period

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Kochi, Dec 7 (UNI) The Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) today told the High Court that it was withdrawing for a temporary period its month-long strike.

Senior advocate K Radhakrishanan, appearing for the KGMOA, submitted before a division bench, comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice K M Joseph, that the strike would be withdrawn for a period of four weeks.

Following the submission of the KGMOA counsel, the bench directed Advocate General C P Sudhakar Prasad to instruct the State Health Minister and Health Secretary to withdraw the suspension orders issued against some striking doctors.

The bench also observed that the Government should consider the doctors' demand for pay revision, special pay and other demands.

Following today's developments, the Court disposed off a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by one Dr Ganapathy, seeking a declaration of the strike as illegal.

The doctors had been on a work-to-rule agitation to press their demands.

The Court had yesterday verbally directed the agitating doctors to withdraw their strike before addressing their grievances to the Government.

The Court also issued notice to the Government today on a writ petition filed by the KGMOA, seeking the implementation of a working committee report on doctors' working conditions and also to report 800 vacancies meant for Government doctors to the Public Service Commission.

UNI

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