According to the reports, 281 Ayurvedic doctors have written a letter to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asking his permission to end their lives over non-fulfilment of promises and disrespectful behaviour meted out to them by the Maharashtra government.
In the letter, the doctors have lamented about the ill-treatment of Ayurvedic doctors by the state government, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Expressing disappointment over prolonged posting in backward tribal areas, the BAMS doctors said that they have been serving in 18 tribal districts for the last two decades, often visiting remotely located villages that do not even have basic facilities.
Doctors write letter to Uddhav Thackeray asking permission to commit suicide
According to BAMS doctors, they treat locals in these backward areas for various ailments, including minor illnesses, snake-scorpion bites, treating malnourished children, etc. The letter written by the doctors comes days after an Ayurvedic doctor Swapnil Lonkar ended his life after he was denied a posting even though he had cleared the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam. Dr Sheshrao Suryavanshi, one of the signatories to the permission letter to end their lives, said that the state government gives special incentive allowance to police and government officials serving in these Naxal-affected areas, however, the same benefits are denied to doctors, who are being paid just Rs 24,000 salary.
Thackeray government not fulfill his promise
Last year, after a meeting between the doctors and Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, and the Tribal ministry it was decided that these 281 Ayurvedic doctors working in tribal areas would be given Rs 40,000 instead of the present Rs 24,000. However, this decision is yet to be implemented. Expressing his disappointment with the MVA government, Dr Suryavanshi said that the Uddhav Thackeray-led government has not shown any humanity towards them even after extracting hard work under unfavourable conditions in the remotest corners in the state, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thackeray government failed to handle Covid crisis
Uddhav Thackeray government has failed to handle the coronavirus situation in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP coalition government’s inability to get its act together even after a month has put the city of Mumbai at grave risk in 2020. Considering that even 40 days after the detection of the first COVID-19 case in Mumbai, the state government struggled to get its act together.
On the other hand, despite several directions and interventions by the Bombay High Court, the Maha Vikas Agadi government in Maharashtra has failed to fill up nearly two-third of permanent sanctioned posts of key medical officials across all districts.