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150 medical teachers offer to resign
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, August 4
More than 150 medical teachers with nearly 20 years of service offered to resign here today in view of the stoppage of non-practising allowance (NPA) from August 1.

Dr Baljit Singh Dhillon, general secretary, Punjab Medical and Dental Teachers Association, said the resignations may force the Medical Council of India to de-recognise Government Medical College here.

He said the college was already facing a shortage of 40 per cent staff and the current spate of resignations might spell doom for the state-run medical colleges.

The medical teachers along with the PCMS association are up in arms against the state government’s decision on the issue of NPA, which was likely to cut 25 per cent of their salaries.

Meanwhile, the PCMS association has formed a joint action forum to intensify its agitation to force the government to withdraw the NPA notification.

It condemned the ‘adamant attitude” of the government and described it as “autocratic” and “undemocratic”. The association claimed that all doctors had decide to resign en-masse within this week to force the government to review its stand.

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