Dimapur, April 10: The Government of Nagaland has appealed to the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) to withdraw its proposed agitation from April 12 onwards keeping in view the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
NIDA had earlier announced that all its members will take mass casual leave from April 12 to 14, followed by cessation of routine works except emergency services across the State from April 15. The association is demanded enhancement of superannuation age of all medical doctors from the existing 60 years to 65 years in line with other states in the country.
In a meeting with NIDA representatives today, Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam, IAS assured to resolve the superannuation issue amicably, while also appealing for withdrawal of the proposed agitation and instead join hands with the Government to find an early solution.
The Chief Secretary explained that the Cabinet in its April 7 meeting had deferred the matter for further consultation and that the matter is not closed, but still under consideration. He said the Government has been actively considering the matter since it was reopened in December 2020, and taken up by the Cabinet twice, besides having a consultation with student body through the Cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister.
The CS impressed upon the NIDA officials that Nagaland, like the rest of the country, is battling the Covid pandemic for more than one year and now the second wave is staring at us. Further, the vaccination drive needs to be intensified and testing, tracking and treatment of Covid cases have to be continued without any disruption.
Since the Disaster Management Act, 2005 is still in force and the health services are an essential service under the Nagaland Essential Services (Maintenance Act, 1978) such disruptive action will be illegal. Moreover, the disruption in health services would be extremely detrimental for the general public at this point of time, NIDA officials were told.
The Chief Secretary further assured that all efforts will be made so that the consultation process is fast tracked. He offered to be part of the consultations, jointly review on a fortnightly basis, and work closely with the Government to resolve the matter in an amicable manner. (Page News Service)