SANGRUR, Oct 29: Punjab Ayurvedic Medical Association president Harmanjit Singh and general secretary Bipin Chander Sharma in a press statement here today demanded pay-scales and allowances on Central Government pattern. They lamented that despite the fact that per capita income of Punjab was higher than any other state in the country, the Ayurvedic doctors in the state were getting low pay scales.
The also expressed concern over the ``pathetic state of affairs'' of the Government Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Patiala, which has the power to issue medicines only of Rs 300 annually to each dispensary of the state.
They demanded to hand over the control of the pharmacy to the director, Ayurveda, as Ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals are directly linked with the directorate in the state.
They expressed concern over a number of various posts lying vacant since last few years in the Ayurveda Department and demanded filling up the same without any delay.
They disclosed that deputation of the association had met state Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal recently, who, they claimed, had assured them that the demands would be taken up in the next cabinet meeting.
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