Bhubaneswar, Jan 22:
Government doctors in the state have decided to launch a state wide satyagraha beginning January 27 to press for the fulfilment of their various demands.
Apart from sitting on a peaceful dharna at the PMG square here, the doctors owing allegiance to Odisha Medical Service Association (OMSA) will also hold satyagrahss at OMSA branch offices spread all over the state and at the three government run medical colleges, said sources in the OMSA.
The decision to launch the satyagraha from January 27 was taken at the central executive committee meeting of the OMSA held here at the Red Cross Bhawan on Tuesday. Junior Doctors’ Association, student unions of different medical colleges in the state and House Surgeons’ Association have extended their support to the satyagraha, said sources.
Representatives from the Junior Doctors’ Association in the three medical colleges, House Surgeons’ Association and student unions participated in the Tuesday meeting.
The OMSA has demanded implementation of Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) for doctors serving in the Odisha Health Service cadre. OMSA sources said this has already been implemented in other states. The Standing Committee on Health has already recommended its implementation in February 2013, they pointed out.
OMSA has also demanded immediate implementation of a transparent transfer policy as promised by the chief minister in April 2008 in the Odisha Assembly after holding discussions with OMSA within two months. While alleging that nepotism and corruption have become the basis of transfers, young doctors are unwilling to join government services in the state leading to many health centres in the state running without doctors, OMSA sources said.
The Association sources said OMSA members had on April 18, 2010 tendered their resignations en masse demanding fulfilment of their various demands but the government had then taken vindictive action by stopping salary payment and launching departmental proceedings against them. The association had demanded immediate withdrawal of such proceedings to create an atmosphere of faith and trust.
Among others, OMSA’s adviser and former president Dr Madhusudan Mishra, president Dr Chandan Gadnayak and general secretary Kishore Chandra Mishra were present in the Tuesday meeting.