Pharmacists in Orissa to sit on mass dharna

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 24 (UNI) The Orissa Pharmacists Service Association (OPSA) today announced to resort to agitation for three days beginning March 27, demanding the fulfilment of their six-point charter of demands.

OPSA president B Behera told newspersons here today that the pharmacists would sit on a mass dharna and organise rally here from March 27 to 29 in support of their demands.

The demands included removal of anomalies in the pay scale introduced in 1996 and fixation of minimum monthly salary at Rs 5,500 instead of Rs 4000 now, time bound promotion on 7th, 15th and 20th year of service.

Stop appointment of contractual pharmacists, regularisation of existing pharmacists and introduction of district cadre option were the other demands of the pharmacists.

Mr Behera said they decided to resort to agitation as despite several appeals the higher authorities did not pay any heed to their problems.

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