Coimbatore: About 300 doctors protested in front of the dean’s office at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Monday demanding to match their pay grade and promotions on a par with doctors working under the Central government.
The protesters, members of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association, said doctors in state government institutions have heavy workload but the pay they got after two decades was given to doctors by the central government with just 13 years of service. “We get promoted at eight, 15, 17 and 20 years of service, but in the Central government service, promotions and pay grade changes happen at four, nine, 13 and 20 years,” said state secretary of TNGDA N Ravishankar.

“Also, under Central government service, doctors get into pay band four, which include a basic salary of Rs 1.23 lakh a month after 13 years and super grade pay band with basic salary of Rs 1.44 lakh a month after 20 years in service,” Ravishankar said. “State government doctors get into pay band four only after 20 years of service. We are protesting against the seven-year delay in us getting pay band four salary and its benefits and for being completely denied the super grade pay. This is despite us having heavy workload.”

The protesters said doctors will march to the collector’s office in all districts across the state on August 24 and submit a petition. From August 27, doctors will not take classes, attend reporting, meetings or sign insurance schemes.

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