Unemployed dental surgeons’ strike enters 5th Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 25: The indefinite strike launched by the unemployed dental surgeons today entered 5th consecutive day today.
They are demanding absorption in Government service and pointed out that since 2008 no recruitment of dental surgeons took place in J&K. They further pointed out that there are about 7000 unemployed Dental surgeon who are waiting for the recruitment till date.
The Dental Surgeons Association, J&K, claimed that over 1000 Dental surgeons have turned over aged in J&K and 7000 are without a job. Hardly, 543 Dental Surgeon have been recruited through PSC in J&K since Independence. According to WHO, the ratio of Dentalsurgeons in the country is 1:7500 in urban and 1:10,000 in rural area but in J&K it is 1:30,000.
They said during 2014 there was two months long agitation by unemployed dental surgeons. The agitation was called off when Govt gave assurance to frame a definite policy but till date no any recruitment policy was framed. They demanded to frame a regular policy about recruitment of Dental surgeons every year based on number of seats at UG level in JKUT. They also demanded separate Directorate of Dentistry for smooth redressal of demands and grievances of Dental surgeons.
President of the Association, Dr Asif Iqbal Chowdhary said that their agitation will be continued till their demands are addressed.