Around 100 doctors and paramedics have gathered in the heart of the Indian capital of Delhi – Jantar Mantar – to raise a collective voice demanding for their salaries to be paid on time as the coronavirus crisis rages on.
The doctors are treating patients at three different municipality-run hospitals – Hindu Rao, Kasturba Gandhi, and Rajan Babu – but the last time they received their paychecks was back in June.
Donning masks and carrying strongly-worded slogans against Delhi’s municipal corporation system, the doctors have raised various banners to demand that their rights be respected:
Doctors at Jantar mantar for 18th day of protest. No salary for more than 3 months. Stop blame game by @AamAadmiParty and @BJP4Delhi #unpaidcovidwarriors @drharshvardhan @ArvindKejriwal @PMOIndia @SatyendarJain @aajtak @ndtv @CNNnews18 @BBCHindi @the_hindu @DeccanHerald @etv pic.twitter.com/qE1w27mles— Nimesh (@NIMESHVV) October 22, 2020
Protest Day : 18— Dr.Ahemadullah Shaikh (@AhemadullahDr) October 22, 2020
Location : Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Let the officials sitting in cosy AC rooms hear our voices, our problems.@UnitedRda @AAPDelhi @PMOIndia #unpaidcoronawarriors #unpaidcovidwarriors pic.twitter.com/q3nI7DmBT5
Continuing agitation, Resident doctors from hospitals under North municipal Corporation in Delhi have assembled at Jantar Mantar to protest over pending salary. @NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard pic.twitter.com/WtZVP01uIG— Somrita Ghosh (@Somrita_Ghosh) October 22, 2020
It's been 18 days since doctors from these hospitals started protesting for their salaries to be paid on time.
No statement or reaction from the authorities of the aforementioned hospitals in Delhi about the protesting doctors has been issued as of now.
Earlier, in June, the Supreme Court of India ordered the federal government to ensure that frontline health staff treating COVID-19 patients get their pending salaries. The court asked the Narendra Modi government to direct the state authorities to also comply with the orders.