Thursday, August 18, 2022

NIDA suspends stir for 1 week; to study govt notification

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) Monday said that its proposed agitation was kept in “suspended animation” for one week with effect from July 19, 2022 after the association received a notification from the government at the eleventh hour.
NIDA’s core committee on superannuation through its media cell stated that its agitation was scheduled to begin on July 18, 2022 because of no response from the government even after a gap of three months regarding clarification of cabinet decision pertaining to NIDA’s demand for increase in superannuation age of 62 years for all.
NIDA has stated that during the period of one week, the members would study the notification thoroughly and get back to the government for any clarification and rectification for wider acceptance to the NIDA fraternity.
The association has expressed gratitude to all the organisations for their support to its legitimate demands.
WSH, WSSU support: Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) and Western Sumi Students’ Union (WSSU) have separately extended support to Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA)’s demand for raising superannuation from 60 to 62 for government in-service doctors.
In a press release, WSH said the announcement of enhancement of superannuation age was made by Prime Minister Modi on May 26,2016. However, the hoho maintained that the state government was yet to fulfil the PM’s announcement.
WSH said that there was an acute shortage of doctors in Nagaland especially in rural areas. It stated that increasing retirement age would serve as a respite from the acute shortage.
Further, the hoho said that the two newly upcoming medical colleges in Kohima and Mon would require a huge number of doctors to run.
Also, WSH said with the creation of the four new districts, the state would require additional doctors. WSH has, therefore, appealed to the state government to look into the NIDA’s demand, which it described as “genuine and legitimate.”
WSSU: Extending support to NIDA, the Western Sumi Students’ Union (WSSU) claimed that every State/Union Territory in India has already enhanced the supernation age of doctors for 5 years.
WSSU through its media cell, however, expressed “utter shock and dismay” that Nagaland was the only state that has not yet implemented.
The student body stated that apart from failing to meet the requirements of doctors, the state has also failed to setup a single medical college so far. It stated that the government was “making a mockery of itself in the eyes of the globe community” by not enhancing just two years of doctors’ service.
WSSU has assured to stand strong with NIDA and “ready” to take up any democratic measures, which could be in the form of protest/ban if the government failed to meet NIDA demands.
Further, WSSU appealed to all the right-thinking citizens to come out and show solidarity.

SourceNPN

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