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Resident doctors at Hindu Rao hospital call off their strike

New Delhi: Resident doctors of the NDMC-run Hindu Rao hospital called off their strike on Tuesday, a day after launching an indefinite stir over non-payment of salaries, as an arrangement was reached to disburse their dues, an official said.

The strike by the doctors, who claimed they had not been paid salaries for three months, had partially hit health services at the hospital. NDMC officials had said the salaries could not be paid due to delay in release of funds by the Delhi government, which released around Rs 206 crore to the cash-strapped municipal corporation on Monday.

"The strike was called off as an arrangement was reached about their salaries and payment of arrears. It was done in the presence of Union minister Vijay Goel and North Delhi Mayor Avtar Singh," a senior North Delhi Municipal Corporation official said. The official said salaries for the month of March have been released and are also being paid for April.

"As per the charter of demands put up by resident doctors' association, the demand for arrears will be put up to the competent authority for release, as soon as possible," he said. Union minister Goel in his tweet said the strike was called off on Tuesday. "The salaries of two months have been credited in their accounts, and the salary for the third month will be deposited sooner or later. And no action shall be taken against these doctors," he wrote on Twitter.

Protesting delay in payment of salaries for three months, the resident doctors on Monday had said that the hospital should be handed over to the Central government, if the local government and the municipal corporation are unable to run it properly.

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