The Karnataka government on Sept 15 conceded to the demands made by over 5,000 government doctors to increase their salary after they threatened to go on an indefinite strike.
The Karnataka Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) doctors made the demands after learning that the pay scale of the central government’s medical department, in which their colleagues work, earn 20% more.
The strike was launched across 28 districts by 5000 doctors on Sept 15 morning. The doctors’ were seeking a salary hike and they said as a part of their strike they would not share the daily COVID-19 data of the patients with the government, suspend all OPD services, and only attend to emergency cases.
The health department officials noticed the inadequate data reported in a few districts after the strikes commenced.
A meeting was subsequently held in on Sept 15 where the KGMOA members, state Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, Sriramulu and Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan were present and it was decided that the revision in salaries will be made based on 6-year, 13-year, and 20-year promotions.