Talks between Kerala govt, doctors` body continue

Association of govt doctors` had threatened to go on an indefinite strike.

Kochi: The Kerala government on Sunday held
talks with an association of government doctors` which had
threatened to go on an indefinite strike from June 10 to press
for their demands, which includes pay parity.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Health
Minister Adoor Prakash Prakash attended the meeting.
Prakash told reporters later that he and Chandy would
discuss with Finance Minister KM Mani tomorrow on how to
resolve the issue.

Describing the talks as "very cordial," Prakash said
the Kerala Government Medical Officers` Association (KGMOA)
would again be invited for a dialogue after discussion with
Mani, and a final decision would then be taken.

Meanwhile, KGMOA President Dr S Prameela Devi said
that though a final decision was not yet arrived at, the
government`s stand "seems favourable" to their demands.

"The discussion was very cordial and the government
listened to our demands," she said.

The association has called for an indefinite
state-wide strike from June 10 to press for their demands
including removal of perceived anomalies in pay scale and


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