Pradeep Pattanayak

Demanding job regularization, hundreds of AYUSH doctors staged a demonstration at Lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar on Monday. 

Protesting against the State government's alleged dillydallying approach towards their demand for permanent jobs, hundreds of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) doctors took out a rally under the banner of the State RBSK AYUSH Doctors’ Association.

The rally culminated at the Lower PMG where the agitating doctors staged a demonstration, shouting slogans against the state government. 

At a time when the State government has announced the abolishment of the contractual recruitment system, over 1200 AYUSH doctors are still serving on a contractual basis and at a comparatively low salary, the protestor alleged. 
Citing their job is in no way inferior to the service provided by the MBBS doctors, they demanded regular jobs.  

They alleged the government is not taking any decision regarding their long-pending demand despite several rounds of discussion. They warned they would intensify their agitation in the coming days if their demand is not considered favourably. 

“Despite being in a noble profession, we the doctors have been forced to hit the street. This is the third time that we are staging a demonstration. We were posted in November, 2013. But we are yet to be regularized,” said Dr Himanshu Mishra, working president, State RBSK AYUSH Doctors’ Association.