THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Medical College teachers who have been on strike since July 2 demanding the implementation of pay revision have agreed to scale down their agitation and give the government more time to work out an acceptable pay package.
Representatives of the Kerala Government Medical College Teachers’ Association (KGMCTA), who had a joint discussion with Health Minister P.K. Sreemathy and Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac on Thursday, said they had set a deadline of August 18, by which time they expected the government to present a concrete proposal on the pay revision of Medical College teachers.
President of KGMCTA A. Sarath Kumar said the government had agreed to consider the teaching faculty in Medical Colleges as a separate category, different from other cadres in the Medical Education Service, as they were handling teaching, clinical practice and medico-legal responsibilities.
“The government said it needed three weeks’ time to work out a separate pay package for us, including allowances, for us.
“We have thus agreed to scale down our agitation by resuming teaching activities and exam duties. But the boycott of VIP duties, Medical Boards and refusal of pay ward admissions will continue,” he said.
The KGMCTA leaders said the government was said to be working out a pay-scale for Medical College teachers, which was almost on the lines of the UGC pay-scale.
However, even while hinting at this, it was very clear during the discussions that the government was yet to work out the framework for fixing the pay-scales or the allowances, they said.
The KGMCTA will wait till August 18 for the government to announce its new pay package.
If the government does not meet the deadline, the KGMCTA has threatened to go on a token strike on August 18 by paralysing all hospital services in Medical Colleges except emergency services.