STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 21 July
In what has posed a major threat to the normal functioning of the government health establishments of the state, over 2,400 members of Odisha Pharmacists’ Service Association (OPSA) have decided to launch a cease-work stir from tomorrow.
The Association, which has staged sit-in dharna here last week, claimed that it had to go for stir as the government lacked sincerity to fulfill its demands particularly on better salaries and service facilities.
“As the government did not take effective steps to address the issues like wage revision and promotional avenues raised by us, we have decided to go on mass leave from tomorrow. A decision was taken in our recent meeting after the talks with the government failed,” said a senior functionary of the association, lamenting that the past assurances given by the chief minister and chief secretary were not translated into action. The association members will stage a massive rally and demonstration here tomorrow. The Association&’s members included pharmacists engaged in various government hospitals as well as the three government medical college and hospitals.
Meanwhile, suggesting the pharmacists to have patience, health and family welfare minister Dr Damodar Rout said that the department is sincere enough to consider their demands. “The Association should wait for the report of the anomaly committee which will be sent to finance department for a final decision,” he said.
Dr Rout, however, pointed that action will be taken against pharmacists if they go for strike, crippling health establishments.