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Agitating doctors call off token protest
Shimla, June 3
The agitating doctors have postponed the token protest against decision of closure of Non-Practice Allowance (NPA) in Himachal.
The decision was taken in the Joint Action Committee (JAC) meeting of the Allopathic Doctors Association held on Saturday with Chief Minister Sukhwinder Sukhu.

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President of Himachal Medical Officers Association, Dr. Rajesh Rana informed that the Chief Minister has accepted many of their demands and assured to complete some soon, after which the doctors’ pen down strike has been called off from today.
Chief Minister Sukhu said that NPA of serving doctors has not been closed. This decision will apply only to new recruits.
” Since  no new recruitment is being done now Goverment  would reviewed this decision while new recruitment of doctors to be done.
Similarly, other demands of the doctors were also discussed in the meeting.  After the Chief Minister’s assurance, the doctors decided to call off their strike.
It is noteworthy that the on May 29 , 2023 Himachal government has decided to close the NPA of new doctors admitted in Medical College, Hospital, Aurvedic, Dental College and Animal Husbandry Department.
Since Monday, all the doctors across the state remained on pen down strike from 9.30 am to 11 am from last Monday to Wednesday.

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After a meeting with Industries Minister Harsh Vardhan late on Wednesday, the doctors reduced the duration of the pen down strike to 45 minutes. Due to this, the patients in all the hospitals had to face problems in the morning.
It is worthwhile to mention that Goverment is providing 20 per cent NPA of basic salary after signing bond with State government.


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