Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who met the agitating government doctors here on Friday, has reportedly sought time to meet their demands.
Members of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers' Association (KGMOA), who had decided to submit resignations en masse on May 14 in protest against the Government's “step-motherly” attitude towards them, will now take a call after a meeting of the association's executive committee. “Although the Chief Minister has responded positively and has promised that most of our demands will be considered, he has categorically told us that it cannot happen overnight. We will consult our members before taking a final decision,” KGMOA president H.N. Ravindra said.
“Our main demand was to take back the 10 district hospitals (hitherto with the Health Department) that are attached to the medical colleges in the State. The Chief Minister has promised to seek the Union Health Ministry's permission to do this as it should not end up in de-recognition of the colleges,” Dr. Ravindra said.
With regard to the other demands of merging incentives with basic pay and issues relating to finances, Mr. Sadananda Gowda has said that he would discuss the issue with the Chief Secretary and the Finance Secretary in the next few days. “But with the State facing drought situation, the hike in salaries could not be effected immediately,” he reportedly told them.
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