Rashmi Rekha Das

The Odisha Medical Services Association (OMSA), a body of government doctors, threatened to cease work from February 1 thanks to the state government’s alleged failure to implement dynamic assured career progression (DACP) for them.

From February 1, the doctors would not participate in executing national programmes till the fulfillment of their demand.

Despite holding several discussions with the Odisha government, it did not show any interest to fulfill our demands. The government’s inordinate delay in fulfilling demands prompted us to take this decision, said a doctor.

Doctors held a press meet on Wednesday and decided to launch a strike. 

They alleged that a financially backward state like Bihar has also implemented DACP whereas the Odisha government is yet to do so. The Odisha government has given only 10 grade pay in last 20 years which is disappointing. 

Also, they alleged that the state government is busy constructing medical colleges. But when it comes to fulfillment of doctors’ demand, it showed little interest. It is yet to take strong decision regarding contractual appointment of doctors. 

It is learnt that the OMSA had earlier decided to launch strike on January 16, 2023. As Odisha is hosting Hockey World Cup beginning January 13, the association decided to postpone the strike and re-launch it on February 1.

President of OMSA Narayan Rout said, “The government seems reluctant to fulfill our demands though we have been raising them since 2008. Secondly, the government should restructure our cadre. Thirdly, the government should regularize adhoc doctors.  Doctors fail to avail government leave entitled to them. The government should come up with a mechanism so that doctors should not be deprived of leave.”

“In view of the Hockey World Cup, we had postponed our strike which was scheduled to be held on January 16. If the government fails to consider our demands after the Hockey World Cup, we will go on a strike from February 1”, he added.