The state’s finance department on February 13 had issued a government resolution accepting the recommendations of the KP Bakshi headed State Pay Reform Committee Volume 2 for salary revision as per 7th Central Pay Commission
As many as a 100 nurses from Maharashtra Government Nurses’ Association participated in Tuesday’s stir. They also met the hospital dean and submitted a letter of their demands.
Madhuri Ombale, general secretary of the association at SGH, said, “We have been raising this issue for months and we have not received any response. There is clear injustice by the Bakshi committee towards nurses. If our demands are not met then we will go on an indefinite strike.”
Ombale said the committee has not recommended a raise for all the nurses’ cadres and has differentiated in wages for certain nurses who are form the majority and are involved directly with patient care. “We want a universal pay raise as per the cadre of the nurses,” she added.
Dr Sanjiv Thakur, dean at BJMC and SGH, said, “The matter is pending with the state government and I have requested the nurses that they must not take any step that will affect patients. I have forwarded their letter to the government.”