Alleged Non-Payment of Doctors Salary: SC refuses to intervene, asks IMA to move Delhi High Court
New Delhi: Refusing to consider the contempt petition moved by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) seeking to direct the Delhi Government to pay the pending salaries of all the doctors immediately, the Supreme Court recently dismissed the plea and suggested it to approach Delhi High Court as the high court is already monitoring the issue.
The organization approached the apex court against the Delhi Chief Secretary for alleged non-payment of salaries to doctors since the month of June.
The senior advocate Manindar Singh appearing before the bench on behalf of the petitioner stated that at a time like this when the healthcare workers are extending their services day and night in order to contain the pandemic and are being hailed as the " frontline warriors" against covid-19, the authorities should at least ensure that they do not face additional difficulties due to non-clearance of salaries.
PTI reports that the petitioner alleged that the doctors despite their dedication in containing the pandemic, have not been given their monthly salary on regular basis.
The counsel for the petitioner further stated that the salaries of the Delhi based doctors have been given to them for April and May only after the high court directed the government to immediately release salaries.
However, no salary has been paid to the doctors yet from June to October. Singh contended that doctors should be paid their salary on time to which the bench said that there is no doubt that salary has to be paid and the Union of India has already passed an order in this regard.