Srinagar: Unemployed Dental Surgeons Wednesday staged a protest in Kashmir capital Srinagar demanding creation of posts in hospitals across Jammu and Kashmir.
Scores of unemployed Dental Surgeons while carrying pamphlets and banners with slogans written on them assembled in Press Enclave Srinagar and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to resolve their problems.
“Our employment woes have not been addressed since 2008 when Government last officially advertised posts for inducement of dental surgeons in Health Department. Since then, over 7,000 dental surgeons are hopeless and jobless. The reason for this unemployment clearly follows a mismatch between supply and demand in health sector,” the protesting surgeons said.
The unemployed dental surgeons said that they gave representation to the authorities’ time to time but nothing has been done till date for their welfare.
They demanded the Government to increase job avenues and opportunities for dental surgeons in rural areas as per the intake capacity with the help of various schemes under NRHM like NOHP RBSK, Ayushman Bharat and School Dental Health Program, increase sanctioned posts and new plans for dental graduates in PHCs, NTPHCs, CHCs and Sub-centres, and start public-private partnership with help of EDI to grow entrepreneurship and to start a good reputed dental clinic in Jammu and Kashmir.