Delays to increase DAT allowance: GMOA to launch strike

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The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) would resort to strike action after July 17 without pre-notice over several demands including delays to increase the Disturbance, Availability and Transport (DAT) allowance paid to medical officers.

GMOA Secretary Dr Haritha Aluthge said the recommendations to update the allowance had been already made by the National Salaries and Cadre Commission and the Health Ministry.

He said that in a meeting held on June 7, Finance Ministry Secretary had agreed to respond the proposal within two weeks period but no official response was made yet.

Also, Dr Aluthge said the medical officers concerned of the impact to the professionals via the new Inland Revenue Act and it had suggested some amendments to the Act.

He further explained that the Government decision to increase salaries for selected fields such as judiciary sector had violated the national policy on salaries and it had created injustice to other state employees including medical officers.

The GMOA had given a period of one week starting today to authority’s to respond to the issues pertaining to the medical officers.

The GMOA executive committee had unanimously decided to resort to strike action at any time in the week after July 17 if the authorities failed to resolve the given matters. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


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  Comments - 10

  • Lion Monday, 09 July 2018 06:04 PM

    If government is unable to stop this it will affect their election bid to return.People may want give Who talks less.

    Gamaya Monday, 09 July 2018 06:12 PM

    You fellows are just DISGRACEFUL!

    ANTON Monday, 09 July 2018 06:20 PM


    Rajan Monday, 09 July 2018 06:41 PM

    If the Jaffna Hindu Tamils have been the rulers of Sri Lanka,we would have kicked out all the doctors and give three months training to nurses and allowed them to take over the clinical medicine.What matters are the Scientists who research and make the medicines and all the sophisticated instruments used in medical treatment. All others can be replaced. When any average person can be trained to fly highly sophisticated planes that involves continuous flying for thousands of miles carrying hundreds of passengers in total darkness at 30,000 feet in the sky, it is ludicrous to continue to believe that no one else can be quickly trained to take over clinical medicine from the artificial titled doctors.

    FR Monday, 09 July 2018 08:45 PM

    What a comment !Bravo.

    Ruwan Monday, 09 July 2018 10:31 PM


    Lalith Monday, 09 July 2018 09:06 PM

    Terminate these sick guys, and get doctors from overseas

    Herath Monday, 09 July 2018 09:24 PM

    Overseas doctors are no different from their Sri Lankan counterparts. Solution is total replacement of the doctors.

    Theepan Monday, 09 July 2018 09:59 PM

    Jealousy long..

    Stunned Citizen Monday, 09 July 2018 10:23 PM

    Diaturbance allowance should be paid to the common man by these so called free education doctors for disturbing by way of strikes

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