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Contracted doctors in Eastern India have gone on a hunger strike on Monday, demanding permanent jobs, the Times of India writes today. The All Jharkhand Contract Doctors Association (AJCDA) has warned of further strikes if demands are left unfilled.
President of the association, Dr Mritunjay Singh, harshly criticised the government for not acting soon enough.
“We have been working since 2003 and also protesting against the government for not recruiting us permanently. It's been 13 months and we have not received anything except assurances,” he said.
One doctor, Dr Sanchayan Kumar, condemned such practices, saying “there were 1800 contract doctors in Jharkhand earlier. Now only 249 are left in service. The state needs doctors but still our demand has not been heeded.”
The government has meanwhile said that demands will be fulfilled. Read the whole article here.