Medical college faculty seek end to pay anomaly

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At a time when faculty of government medical and dental colleges were expecting a resolution to their demand of removal of pay disparity, the 7th pay commission being implemented this month has “pushed them down in the pay bands.”
This month J&K is all set to implement 7th pay commission, as announced by government last year.
However, as per the revision, professors in medical education department have been moved from “pay band 4 to pay band 3”. The move has irked the faculty of Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar.
In a letter to the government, the medical faculty association (MFA) of GMC and GDC has called the decision to downgrade the pay scale of professors in medical education as “insulting” and “unacceptable”.
While calling attention to the deliberations of the association with government over the removal of existing pay anomalies, the letter argues that employees of other departments were paid more than what a doctor is paid even at the entry level posts. Citing an example, the communication states, that even according to the existing pay structures, a lecturer in GMC or GDC is paid less than a physical training instructor.
MFA said that for the past many years, it has been pleading the case of medical faculty pay anomalies and the government had promised to remove it.
Faculty members at the two colleges lamented that the 7th pay commission changes are set to further dishearten the available pool of human resource in state. They said that currently remunerations for medical faculty in J&K is less than that of other states. “Be it Punjab, Haryana or Himachal Pradesh, medical faculty is paid much more than what it is paid in J&K,” said Dr Sajjad Qazi, president MFA.
He said that due to the failure of government to address the existing pay anomalies in medical education department, there already was a dearth of faculty in GMC Srinagar. “Now, with the new damper (changes in pay bands) who would want to work in medical colleges of J&K?” Dr Qazi questioned.
State is in the process of setting up five new medical colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Kathua and Doda. Hundreds of faculty members are required to get these medical colleges started, as per the recent advertisement for recruitment.
Dr Mufti Mehmood, general secretary MFA, said that at a time when the advertisements have been floated for faculty recruitment for these new medical colleges, the state should have incentivized medical education service. “But instead, for some mysterious reason, teaching faculty which is already paid less than their counterparts in universities of state or in medical colleges outside, will be subjected to further humiliation and monetary loss,” he said.
 

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