Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Talks between DME minister Vishwas Sarang and striking junior doctors failed on Sunday as the doctors said that they would not call off their strike until the government released the order fulfilling their demands.
A delegation of the Junior Doctor Association (JUDA) had called on DME minister Sarang in the evening. According to the JUDA delegation, they called on Sarang with the proposal to call off strike, but the minister did not give them the order fulfilling their demands, so the strike will continue.
It is the seventh day of the strike demanding a 24 per cent stipend hike and an annual hike at the rate of 6 per cent. The government has announced a 17 per cent hike. However, for the past three years, no hike had been given to the JUDA members.
Notice has already served on the junior doctors to vacate their hostels. They have been told that, if they leave the PG seat, they will have to pay an amount that may range from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 30 lakh as per the bond signed at the time of admission. Admission was given under the MP MBBS, BDS Admission Act, 2018-’19.
‘Not the right time’
‘The High Court order is binding on all, so the JUDA members should resume duty. The pandemic isn’t the right time to continue the strike. It’s the time to serve the patients. JUDA should call off its strike’
— Vishwas Sarang, DME minister
‘We were willing’
‘We came here to call off the strike after holding a meeting with the DME minister, but he didn’t give any order regarding fulfilment of our demands. The government has been asking us to call off our strike, but, so far, it hasn’t released the order regarding hike in our stipends and fulfilment of the other demands. We, too want to resume duty in the interest of the patients, but the government has, so far, not released the order. So, JUDA will continue its strike until our demands are met.
— Dr Arvind Mina, president, JUDA