Doctors across state wore black bands,‘Fight for our dignity started’: DAK

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Srinagar

Doctors across the state on the call of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday held a black band protest against the insensitive and shameful approach of authorities and the government towards resolving the burning issues of the doctor fraternity pending since long.

Dr Suhail Naik, President Doctors Association Kashmir in a statement said that Doctors have been peacefully pleading their cause at Directorate or Secretariat level since decades but it seems the authorities are least interested in resolving our issues and mere exploitation is a norm now.

We have chalked a phase-wise protest strategy to give the government the last chance to wake from deep slumber or else a complete shutdown of hospitals will take place on June 25, and any catastrophe thereof will be solely governments fault, Dr Naik said.

General Secretary DAK,  Dr Owais H Dar said that government has taken us for granted and hardly bothers about addressing our issues and it is immense deplorable that employees who work less than us and have comfortable duties are being paid more than us.

DAK warns the government that if they are not serious about Pay Anomaly, Risk Allowance, Two and a Half day salary and rural allowances and other important demands with no financial implications like Caderisation, Ordinance for violence against Doctors etc. Doctors will take this struggle to its logical conclusion by the statewide strike. Protest calendar issued by DAK a few days back has kick-started. Today’s black band protest should be an eye-opener for the government and they should leave the policy of taking this profession lightly. the government has always shown a step-motherly treatment towards us when it comes to enhancing perks or allowances.

DAK has already issued a protest calendar but we are still hopeful that government will come clean and positive on this issue.

The Protest Calendar issued by DAK is supported by J&K Doctors Coordination Committee which is an amalgam of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Doctors Association Jammu (DAJ), Chenab Valley Doctors Association (CVDA), Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD), Society of Dental Surgeons Jammu Kashmir(SDSJK), Private Practitioners, Ladakh Doctors Association.

DAK is thankful to all doctors and associations who came forward to demand their genuine and legitimate issues.

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