Gujarat Govt Medical Teachers go on Strike Demanding Pay Hike, Abolition of Contractual Appointments

On Wednesday, teachers of government-run medical colleges in Gujarat went on a strike, blaming the administration for failing to fulfill their demands.

Updated: May 13, 2021 11:54 IST

Gujarat Government Medical Teachers: On Wednesday, the teachers of government-run medical colleges in Gujarat went on a strike accusing the administration of neglecting to fulfill its assurance about their demands.  Hundreds of professors and lecturers affiliated with the Gujarat Medical Teachers Association (GMTA) joined in the protest. GMTA members had continued on strike last Friday demanding a pay hike among other things. However, they withdrew it hours later after the government assured to find a solution. 

Statement of Dr Rajnish Patel, president of GMTA

Dr Rajnish Patel informed "We had a high-level meeting with the government's representatives on 7th May and we were happy that our demands were heard and the attitude of the government was positive. But we have not yet received any written proof of which demands have been accepted by the government which is why we have called a new strike." 

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani 

"As a chief minister, I request them to withdraw the strike as this is a time to save people together from (coronavirus) infection. All the justified demands have been accepted." Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who also holds the health portfolio, said in a late-night statement that he had approved steps to resolve the ten issues raised by striking teachers, and expressed hope that they will resume duty. He further said that the government will also take proper action to meet the reasonable demands of all other employees of the health department.

Gujarat Medical Teachers Association (GMTA) Demands 

GMTA is demanding higher non-practising allowance for teachers as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. They also want the abolition of contractual appointments. Further, they want permission for teachers to start private practice after 10 years of service. As medical college teachers are barred from private practice, an allowance is paid to them as compensation. Citing a government resolution of 2017, GMTA also wants a hike in the cap on maximum monthly salary. 

Also, the nursing staff of government hospitals went on strike demanding a hike in salary, nursing allowance as well as a stipend for nursing students. Earlier, the professors and lecturers from six government medical colleges had launched a relay hunger strike since morning to press their demands including higher non-practising allowance (NPA). The agitation came amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.

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