Gilgit, February 1: The protest demonstrations, rallies and efforts of the Gilgit-Baltistan chapter of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has yielded sweet and juicy fruits for the doctors operating in the region. Bowing to the doctors’ demands, the federal government has finally approved a deal under which they will be able to get salaries, perks and privileges at par with their counterparts working in the federal capital.
The doctors in Gilgit-Baltistan had been making efforts for the last several years to force the government for increases in salaries and other privileges. In particular, they were demanding salaries at par with the doctors working for the federal government.
The doctors had started their agitation by wearing black strips on their arms. Later, they closed down their clinics and also the OPDs in hospitals across the region creating a crisis of unprecedented scale for the health department. In addition, protest demonstrations and rallies were also held in different parts of the region by the doctors. Their tactics worked well and the government had to give in to their demands.
According to a notification, the federal government has provided resources to the GB government for fulfilling the demands from January to June 2014 and funds will be allocated for the same in the 2014-15 budget, which is likely to be announced in the month of June later this year.