New Delhi: Following a meeting with the Union Health Secretary B P Sharma and the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Jagdish Prasad on Monday on the issue of discriminatory 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations for doctors, primarily regarding the Non-Practicing Allowance (NPA), the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) has put its proposed strike on June 8 on hold.
FORDA, in a statement, said on Tuesday, “FORDA held a meeting today with its executives and almost 60 representatives from different hospitals took part in the meeting. It was unanimously decided that we should wait until the meeting of the empowered group of secretaries with 7th CPC and we should wait for the final outcome of their meeting.”
“So our strike is on hold till the final submission of the empowered committee to the finance ministry,” the statement added.
Following this announcement by FORDA, doctors expressed mixed feeling on social media, especially Facebook.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures. No disrespect to the decision taken by FORDA but I am sure giving time to the ministry isn’t gonna be helpful in any way… just another time buying technique… anyway hoping for the best!” said Anurag Thapar.
“Delaying the strike, specially emergency care, till the meeting of the empowered committee is a very wise and sensible move. Strike at this moment would have been premature and it would certainly have put us in a very bad position in front of the people. Overall a very good decision,” said Sudhanshu Singhraul.
“I know many people are disheartened that tomorrow there is no strike… we are not going back… we are just giving time to listen to their part and strengthen our part. So, please don’t panic. Trust the team and stay united,” said Ravi Kumar.
“Its almost 11 days from our last strike… don’t you think it was enough? Modiji announced on 26 May that the retirement age of government doctors would be 65 and notice to this effect was circulated to all the concerned government hospitals and offices within 48 hours. Our team leaders and we all know that if the government wanted to do it, it could have done within a week,” said Praveen Kumar.
“FORDA is making mockery of its own… what nonsense is this? Strike Hai then Strike Nahi Hai… in this way nobody is going to listen to FORDA… if the office bearers tell me, for criticising them, that it’s easy to comment rather than doing something then I must tell my friends that you yourself chose to represent us, we did not ask you to do that,” said Faraz Ul Islam.