Disappointed with the attitude of State Government in regularising their services, over 700 AYUSH Contract Medical Officers in the State have decided to go on an indefinite strike from November 14.

In a release here on Monday, Karnataka Ayush Medical Officers Welfare Association president Manjunath said AYUSH doctors, who were recruited in 2005 under the National Rural Health Mission programme on merit-cum-roster basis, have been serving in rural areas for a meagre remuneration of Rs. 11,000. “Although we serve in remote areas and work round the clock, we were not treated on a par with the allopathy doctors.

The Union Government, under the NRHM programme, wanted to bring the AYUSH system of medicine in the mainstream. “However, except our recruitment, infrastructure, medicines and IEC (Information Education and Communication) materials have not been provided. Due to this, we could not do justice to the AYUSH system,” he said.

“Our future is uncertain as duration of the mission will end in March 2012. Even, if our services are continued, we cannot meet our ends with the meagre income,” he said.

The members demanded regularisation of their services by creating posts in primary health centres.

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