Orissa doctors threaten to resign enmass

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Bhubaneswar, May 10 (UNI) The Orissa Medical Service Association (OMSA) for doctors today threatened to submit a statewide resignation if the government failed to honour its commitment and fulfil its long standing demands by May 19.

OMSA President Madhusudan Mishra said a final decision on the issue would be taken at the general body meeting of the Association scheduled to be held at Jaipur on May 19.

Dr Mishra said that on March 17, the Chief Minister had announced on the floor of the House to accord Junior Class-I status to doctors at the entry level, restructure the posts after consultation with OMSA to enable doctors to get maximum promotional benefits.

The announcement came after the government doctors submitted their resignation enmass in support of their demands.

The Chief Minister had also announced to fix the entry level scale for a doctor at Rs 8,000-13,500, formulate a transparent policy, Specialist allowance of Rs 3,000 and post mortem allowance of Rs 500 per month, initiate steps to provide security to doctors on duty and promulgate an ordinance in this regard.

The OMSA President said the Chief Minister made the announcement after consulting the Finance Minister and the Health Minister.

However, about two months had already passed by, the notification in this regard had not been done even after repeated discussions with the Secretary and Director Health UNI BD DP LL AM VC1526

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