Chandigarh: The two-day mass casual leave by
government doctors in Haryana to press for their pay-related
demands entered the second day today with the medicos claiming
that health services remained affected across the state.
The doctors want Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) to be made
part of basic pay, said Rajesh Kumar Khyalia, President of the
Haryana Civil Medical Services Association, which is
spearheading the stir.
He claimed that work was affected in Primary Health
Centres, Community Health Centres and General Hospitals across
"We are attending to emergency services and have asked
doctors in the districts to carry out postmortem examinations
keeping in view the patient welfare in mind as our fight is
with the government," he said.
"If our demands are not accepted, we will proceed on an
indefinite strike from November 11. The ball is in their court
now," Khyalia said.
However, State Health Minister Rao Narinder Singh said
health services were normal at most places.
He said there was no justification of the strike as the
government was considering their demand and would view any
disruption in health services very seriously.
"Strict action will be taken against those doctors who
pressurise other doctors for not reporting on duty," he added.