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Over 3,000 MP doctors resign after court says strike “Illegal”

The Fact News Service
Bhopal, June 4 
The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed the striking junior doctors in the state to resume their duties within 24 hours but the protesting medicos remained defiant and nearly 3,000 of them resigned from their posts and announced they will challenge the ruling. The court termed the four-day-old strike as “illegal”. Nearly 3,000 junior doctors working in the six government medical colleges of the state resigned en masse from their posts on Thursday and submitted their resignations to the dean of their respective colleges, Madhya Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (MPJDA) president Dr Arvind Meena said. The strike, which began on Monday, will continue till their demands are fulfilled, he said. The junior doctors have put forward multiple demands before the state government, including a hike in stipend and free treatment for them and their families if they contract the deadly coronavirus infection. Mr Meena said the state government has already cancelled their enrollment for the third year PG and therefore they wont be able to sit for examinations. He said the MPJDA will appeal against the high court judgement in the Supreme Court. Mr Meena claimed members of the Medical Officers Association and the Federation of Resident Doctors Association will also join their agitation. He said junior and senior doctors of Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Bihar, Maharashtra and AIIMS Rishikesh, among others, have supported their strike. Mr Meena claimed on May 6, the government authorities promised to fulfil their demands but nothing happened after that, forcing them to stop work. Asked about the governments decision to raise their stipend by 17 per cent and whether they will resume duties after relevant orders are issued, M Meena said remained non-committal. “The government has promised to raise the stipend by 24 per cent and till they raise it to that limit, the strike will continue,” he said.

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