Fatehgarh Sahib, June 23
The Joint Punjab Government Doctors Coordination Committee, led by Dr Satnam Banga, today held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office against the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.
Doctors from various Civil Hospitals and veterinary, dental, ayurvedic and rural medical officers marched from the Civil Hospital, Fatehgarh Sahib, to Deputy Commissioner’s office and raised slogans against the state government in support of their demands.
Addressing mediapersons Dr Satnam Banga said, “It’s unfortunate that the Sixth Pay Commission not only decreased the non-practice allowance (NPA) from 25 per cent to 20 per cent, but also de-linked it from basic pay salary.”
“Government doctors have worked as frontline warriors during the pandemic. Now, the government is going to reward them in this manner instead of giving special allowance,” he added.
Doctors submitted a memorandum to Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Surbhi Malik demanding that the NPA should be increased to 33 per cent and linked with the basic pay and the pension should be fixed on these criteria. Doctors, who worked as frontline warriors, should be given special allowance, they added.
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