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Unemployed doctors sell fruits, vegetables in J&K UT
7/7/2021 1:19:31 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, July 6: Unemployed dental surgeons, who have been staging a sit-in here for the past 16-days, adopted a novel way of protest on Tuesday by turning into vegetable and fruit vendors.
Talking to Early Times, these unemployed doctors said, “No one has visited us since the day we sat on a dharna. The government is least bothered about us. When in 2016 we had staged a protest to seek employment, representatives of various political parties had visited us and assured us that they would plead our case. But this time around no one from the administration or the political parties have reached us.”
They said that the J & K Government has not announced the posts for dental surgeons since 2008 and their never ending wait is continuing. “We have to feed ourselves and our families that’s why we have decided to sell vegetables and fruits,” doctors said.
Donning PPE kits the doctors were seen calling customers to buy fruits from them. “Sometimes we feel that we wasted our precious time by opting for BDS degrees. Instead of carrying out dental surgeries we have been forced to turn into street vendors.”
“There are around 5000 dental surgeons registered in J&K UT and out of these about 3200 are unemployed and every year more than 300 new BDS are piling this heap of unemployment,” they said.
According to the sources there are about 550 vacant posts of dentists in the Health Department and most of the rural areas are without a dentist.
Till date unemployed dental surgeons have held a series of protests to seek employment but till date nothing has been done.
“Two years ago, the issue was put before then J&K Governor who directed the concerned department to find a way to absorb unemployed BDS after which a proposal for creation of posts of dental surgeons was prepared by the concerned department but it hasn’t seen the light of the day,” doctors said.
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