The Himachal Medical Officer’s Association (HMOA) has strongly condemned the stopping of Non Practicing Allowance (NPA) by the state government to the doctors in the state.
Condemning the decisions of the state government the office bearers of the HMOA said, “The finance department of the state government has already issued a notification to this effect despite the fact the NPA is being paid to doctors throughout the country at the rate of 20 percent.”
Vikas Thakur, General Secretary of the HMOA said, “The doctors serving in the state government hospitals were getting 20 percent NPA in lieu of their round the clock emergency services along with their counterparts in Punjab and throughout the country.”
“ It’s strange the state government has stopped the NPA abruptly without consulting the HMOA , moreover the state government is following the Punjab pattern for paying allowances to its employees and the Punjab government is paying NPA to doctors ,” he added.
The office bearers of HMOA after holding its meeting has decided to take up this issue with Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and urged him to withdraw the notification and restore the NPA failing which they would be forced to launch a statewide agitation.