AYUSH doctors protest Odisha govt’s apathy, threaten cease-work stir

Bhubaneswar: Demanding regularisation of services, the Odisha Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) Doctors’ Association has threatened to launch an indefinite cease-work stir and stage a dharna before the State Assembly if the demands are not met.

During a press meet in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, the Association alleged that Odisha government is treating AYUSH doctors as its step-son. They stated that the AYUSH doctors have been treating patients and working for the betterment of the society over the past 11 years, but despite this the State government failed to provide basic amenities to them or even recognise and regularise their services.

This apart, they further leveled allegations that the government is being biased with the Allopathic doctors as despite rendering services in same manner, the AYUSH doctors are not being paid equal stipend in comparison to the Allopathic doctors. Despite the Centre writing letter to State government for a pay similar to that of Allopathic doctors, nothing has been done so far, they mentioned.

Setting a deadline of one week, the association threatened to launch an infinite strike if their 3-point charter of demands do not get an approval or fulfilled by the government.

Due to absence of allopathic doctors, the AYUSH doctors have been rendering medical services in all rural and remote areas since past 11 years. The government should provide justice and stop neglecting AYUSH doctors and we demand immediate regularisation of our services,” said Dr Jyoti Ranjan Gahana, President of Odisha AYUSH doctors’ Association.