The Karnataka Health Care Associations’ Federation comprising the State units of the Indian Medical Association, Ayush Federation of India, Indian Dental Association, Karnataka Pharmacy Council and Nursing Management Association of Karnataka has expressed its displeasure over the government’s failure to confer the Rajyotsava award 2012 on healthcare professionals.
Describing it as “insult and injustice” meted out to them, the federation urged the government to identify at least five persons from the healthcare sector and honour them with the award this month.
Federation president G.K. Ramachandrappa told presspersons here on Thursday that the Rajyotsava award is the highest civilian award of the State government. And, since its inception members of the healthcare sector have been identified and honoured with it. “However, we were totally ignored this year. Five persons from this category, who were shortlisted, were dropped from the final list for reasons best known to the government,” Dr. Ramachandrappa claimed.
Dr. Ramachandrappa said there are over 10 lakh people in the healthcare sector and the State has produced the best medical professionals who have got national and international awards. “But, we do not know the rationale behind the government not considering them for the Rajyotsava award this year.”
To restore the dignity and honour of the profession, the government should present the awards and healthcare professionals should not be ignored in future also, he said.