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Bengaluru: After over 5,000 government doctors threatened to go on an indefinite strike, the Karnataka Government, on Tuesday, September 15, agreed to hike their salaries.
The doctors had launched a strike across all 28 districts of the state on Tuesday morning under the aegis of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA).
As part of the protest, the doctors had decided not to share the daily Covid-19 data of the patients with the government, suspend OPD services, and only attend to emergency cases.
However, they paused the protest after senior ministers said they would resolve the matter during a meeting of the KGMOA members, state Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, Health Minister B Sriramulu and Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan.
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The doctors demanded that their salaries be hiked and brought on par with that of their colleagues in the medical education department or according to the pay scale of the Central Government Health Scheme.
They also claimed that the families of many doctors who succumbed to COVID are yet to receive the compensation promised by the state government.
After the meeting, Minister Sudhakar said, “The revision in the salaries will be made based in 6 year, 13 year and 20 year promotions for the doctors and details of the same will be obtained from the medical officers,” according to a report by The Print.
According to KGMOA president G. Srinivas, a formal announcement about the withdrawal of the strike will be made in the next 24 hours. Members of the association said that they will convey to their counterparts across the state that the government has agreed to meet their demands.
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