Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Health Minister Sapam Ranjan on Monday warned doctors who are continuing strike, demanding their four charter demands, of legal action against them.
During the ongoing third session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly, leader of the House, N Biren Singh said that on humanitarian grounds they were looking at the strike and also discussed it. The state had already stated that their demands will not be possible, but they continue their demand along with strikes, causing trouble to the general public. So, the state has decided to take action against them, according to law, the CM said.
“There are many doctors working as private, daily wage earners. To solve trouble and start functioning hospitals, the state government will take doctors from private or paramilitary or from daily wage earners”, CM Biren said adding that the state will recruit new doctors as soon as possible.
They know that they are serving an essential service but they are causing trouble to the general public. So, legal action will be taken against them, CM Biren said.
Health Minister Ranjan said that medical service is important and that is why their demands were discussed and that he met with the striking doctors many times too. However, he clearly told the striking doctors that their demands are not possible, as there will be large stagnation. Whatever the state can, it is doing, including the demand of NPA, which is in process. But extension of age will cause large stagnation, as grade IV and III are there. In future, the pyramid structure will turn into a reverse pyramid and cause an administrative crisis, he added.
So, the minister appealed to the striking doctors to think for the people who are sick and warned of legal action.