Doctors' cease-work agitation illegal--Orissa Govt.

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Bhubaneswar, Nov 05 (UNI) The Orissa government today described the doctors' threat to go on cease-work from November 9 as "unlawful, and unwarranted," against public interest.

The government said the medics' threats were clear violation of the Government Servant Conduct Rules.

Protesting dismissal of three medics for preserving the palms of three tribals killed in the Kalinga Nagar Police firing and non-fulfillment of their other demands, the doctors under the Orissa Medical Service Association (OMSA) have submitted their resignation en-masse and threatened to go on cease-work from November 9 if their demands were not conceded by then.

The association has also described the government's action as clear violation of Orissa High Court's order which had directed re-instatement of the three suspended medicos.

In a press note here the government appealed to the agitating doctors to refrain from taking any decision contrary to the interest of the people.

The government has clarified that out of the six demands submitted by the doctors, four demands have already been fulfilled as it has made the entry level of post of the doctor as junior class I carrying a scale of pay of Rs.8000-275-13500 for which a notification was issued in May last.

This apart the Specialist Allowance has been enhanced from Rs.150 to Rs.3000 per month with effect from May 15 last and post mortem allowance Rs 500 per case has been approved.

The government has also decided to bring a legislation to prevent assault on the doctors which was awaiting Cabinet approval.

The transfer policy has already been prepared and will be implemented very soon, while a high level committee has been constituted to look into various other aspects of the cadre restructuring.

The press note said the government has taken several other measures to improve the working conditions of the medics by providing incentive allowance for working in the rural areas of KBK.

A sum of Rs.44 crore has been provided in the budget of 2007-08 and 2008-09 for taking up residential accommodation for doctors at block level, the release said.

On the doctors alleged to have been involved in dismemberment of the hands during the post mortem of the tribals killed in Kalinga Nagar police firing, it said even the State Human Rights Commission has also found them guilty in the case and accordingly a show cause notice has been issued to them.

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