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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is leaving the country shattered and lakhs of people are battling for life with a huge shortage in medical facilities, beds and the oxygen cylinders. There are several doctors who are working round the clock to serve the needy. The junior resident doctors are taking up the challenge as there is a huge shortage of doctors as the number of new cases are really high. The Junior Doctors Association threatened the government of Telangana to go on strike if their demands are not met. It has been more than two weeks but their issue was never addressed. They are demanding 15 percent hike in the salaries along with some incentives.
Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) served the notices to the Health Department of Telangana couple of weeks ago. Telangana Junior Doctors Association announced that they would go on strike from May 25th if their demands are not met. The junior resident doctors are paid Rs 44,000 (first year), Rs 46,000 (second year) and Rs 48,000 (third year). TJUDA announced that they got the hike in 2019 and the salaries are not revised from the past two years. Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) served their second notice about the strike from May 25th today when the state has been finding tough to tackle coronavirus.
Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) has also been demanding 10 percent incentive as per the promises made by the Telangana Chief Minister KCR. They also demanded priority for the families of the healthcare workers and their family members in treating coronavirus. Telangana Junior Doctors Association has been demanding insurance to be provided for the medical students and ex-gratia for the deceased doctors and the nurses.