AMHSDA calls off protest
IMPHAL, 7th May: Following the positive decisions taken by the state cabinet on May 6, All Manipur Health Services Doctors’ Association (AMHSDA) has called off its proposed protest on May 8.
Announcing this to newspersons at a press meet held at Health Directorate on Thursday, Association general secretary Dr L Arke Singh recounted that a government order was issued on April 27, notifying cancellation of Non-Practising Allowance (NPA) of all government doctors. On April 29, the Association requested the government in writing to withdraw the said order, which was followed by a special general body meeting of the Association on April 30. During the meeting, resolutions such as wearing of black badges from May 1 as a form of protest and staging cease work strike from May 8 onwards if their various demands were not fulfilled by May 7, were adopted. Fortunately, on May 6, the state cabinet gave its approval for adding 20 percent of NPA to the basic pay for MHS doctors (allopathy), dental and AYUSH doctors; taking NPA as part of basic pay while calculating other allowances and DA, and complete ban on private practices by government doctors, he conveyed.
As such, the Association has called off its proposed protest on May 8, Dr Arke informed, while appreciating the CM, health minister and other cabinet ministers for translating the demands of the Association into action.