Government doctors in Punjab have decided to remain absent from work from today till July 14 due to the state government’s silence on the issue of non-practice allowance. He has also threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July 19 if his issue is not resolved by the state government.
Doctors working in government hospitals are opposing the recommendation of the Sixth Finance Commission of Punjab, through which non-practice allowance has been removed from the basic pay. They are also opposing the recommendation of the Pay Commission to reduce the allowance from 25 percent to 20 percent. The Joint Government Doctors Coordination Committee (JGDCC) has taken the decision to boycott health and veterinary services from today till July 14. It also includes members of the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association.
Health services including OPD will be affected by the strike
Health services including outpatient department (OPD) will be affected by the strike. Apart from this, veterinary services will also remain closed. However, emergency services and services related to Kovid will continue. Government doctors have gone on strike thrice over this issue. It is noteworthy that non-practice allowance is given to those doctors who are working in the health service centers of the central or state government. A medical officer who does not wish to practice from home can demand such allowance. This allowance is considered equal to Dearness Allowance or Housing Allowance. Its amount is calculated on the basis of basic pay and ‘grade pay’.
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