Chennai: The Madras high court has stayed the operation of the charge memo issued against a doctor, who participated in the recent strike, demanding pay
Justice M.Dhandapani granted the interim stay on a petition filed by Dr.S.Syed Naser, an assistant surgeon in orthopedics in government PHC at Nainampatti of Salem district, challenging the charge memo issued against him.
The judge said considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the very same issues raised in all other writ petitions, all the cases are directed to be posted along with similar cases. The counsel for the petitioner also submitted that the very same petitioners were already transferred to faraway places, apart from issuing charge memos. “Interim stay on the charge memo issued. Post along with batch of cases. Call on November 18, 2019”, the judge added.
According to petitioner, already the Central government has fixed basic salary of Rs 56,000 for the doctors working in the government medical hospitals. The Central government already brought 6th pay commission and 7th pay commission with regard to the basic salary for the doctors. The state government for so many years had not followed the central government’s guidelines.
Therefore, various doctors associations sent representations to the authorities. But, there was no response. Hence, the doctors went on indefinite strike from October 25, 2019. While so, the Chief Minister and the health minister issued a press release on October 30 stating that doctors demand will be solved and also called the entire doctors to report to duty. Accordingly, the Federation of Government Doctors Association, in which he was a member decided to withdraw the strike on November 1 and reported to duty. Subsequently and secretly, the state government issued transfer orders and charge memos. The orders were issued without any administrative reasons, he added....