Jaipur: The doctors’ strike in Rajasthan continued for more than a week has now started losing sheen as the government’s strict attitude has compelled majority of the resident doctors to resume their duty. Though 500 doctors returned to hospitals within two days, the government’s decision has led to groupism among the doctors on strike.

The completely crippled heath services in the state have claimed about 65 lives so far. In spite of emergency measures incorporated by the government like involving army doctors and services of private hospitals, they are proving to be falling short of the expected mark.

With such an enormous patient casualty rate, the doctors are facing double wrath of the government as well as the social organizations. While the government has issued warning to sack them and transfer them to rural areas with just a 24 hour notice to join duty, social and trade organizations also demonstrated against the doctors in Kota, Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner and Churu districts.

Meanwhile, Doctors Association General Secretary Nasrin Bharti has urged the government for talks and has requested to lift RESMA on doctors.
However, giving a political twist to the strike, Chief Minister Ashok Singh Gehlot blamed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the situation and accused BJP Medical Cell Chairman of fueling the strike. He called the doctors to join duty to work in the public interest. Rajasthan Employees Union has also requested the doctors to end the strike.
The doctors are demanding for time bound promotions and are asking to lift RESMA along with the withdrawal of cases against the medics, enable their release and solve the problem through dialogue.

According to doctors, if the government is unable to grant promotions altogether, at least the doctors with more than 20 years of duty period must be promoted every two years. The doctors are also against 5 percent capping applicable in promotions.

Meanwhile, the experts are of the view that if the government agrees to the demand, only 350 doctors will be able to avail benefit this year. For the record, the issue of reservation in promotions is pending with the High Court leading to no promotions in the department.

JPN/Bureau