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Thursday, November 26, 2009

TNGDA Salem Office Bearers Transfer

26th Nov 2009
TNGDA Salem Office Bearers Transfer

The state body condemns the transfer of our Salem District Secretary Dr Lakshmi Narasiman and Treasurer Dr Mukunthan to Thoothukodi on administrative reasons. It is unfortunate that the govt. has transferred district office bearers of a recognized association for trivial reasons.

We were told that our office bearers were transferred on the D.O. letter of the Dean, Salem.

The state body demands that the transfer orders of the office bearers are cancelled immediately.

Immediately on hearing the transfer, the state body contacted the DME and HS and demanded cancellation of the transfer orders.

Meanwhile, we directed the Salem Office Bearers to take up the issue in the proposed GBM the next day. The Salem District GB resolved that the Office Bearers transfers should be cancelled immediately. TNGDA Salem also resolved to go in for strike the next day.

While the HS assured to consider our demand, insisted that we defer any agitation. So, we directed Salem district to postpone all agitations for 2 days, so as to enable us to assess the response of the govt.

But unfortunately the Salem office bearers’ went ahead with a dharna by about 35 members.

While the discussion is going on the Salem office bearers went to Chennai and we asked them to meet the HS along with our Head Quarters Secretary. They didn’t take the HQ secretary but instead met the HM thro’ some personal contacts. The HM has directed them to obey the order and join in Thoothukodi.

Once the HM is involved, the HS/ DME were not able to decide. State Office Bearers met the HM and requested immediate cancellation. But the HM insisted that they should first obey the order and only then revoking can be considered.

The stalemate continues. As the association was in the election process and no active aggressive steps can be planned. Now, the issue has been made an agenda in the state GBM. Hope we arrive at suitable decisions in the meeting.

Meanwhile the state body continues its efforts in canceling the orders.

State Secretary

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


1) Confusion over Specialist / Panel / CML Seniority, regarding.

The TNGDA for decades has stood by CML Seniority at all levels. In G.O:354 which was issued based on Praveen Kumar Committee report (in which TNGDA office bearers were members), certain confusions prevail among our members, officials, and others.

The TNGDA members of the Praveen Kumar committee during the deliberations have made it clear of the priority of CML Seniority in any Specialty. It was accepted to maintain STATUS QUO in this regard. More so, the committee and the consequent G.O:354 are basically a Finance GO. Hence, rules on promotion and seniority are always based on the situation in the parent department.

So the TNGDA in the State EC Meeting held on 25.10.09 at Trichy has resolved to get suitable Clarification / Amendments to ensure STATUS QUO (that existed before with CML seniority as superior).

The TNGDA will also fight against the controversial illustration 4 in the G.O. 354.

2) Release of Diploma Candidates to DME To DMS Side.

The TNGDA State Office Bearers has taken up the issue with the DME and the Govt to retain to all willing Diploma and MBBS candidates in the DME side itself and ensure Person Oriented Promotion (including PB IV) to them.

Those willing to continue in DME side are directed to give their option thro the Dean on the circular from the DME stating their willing ness to continue in DME side.

Those wanting earlier promotions shall opt to go to DMS side and they will get their speciality specific seniority and promotions there.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

G.O. 354 – Highlights

G.O. 354 – Highlights

  • An excellent G.O. in terms of financial benefit. As this is basically a finance G.O., all administrative orders, procedures in that can be changed any time in-future at the directorate and Health Secretariat.
  • Worth 118 crores + 30 crores as DA + 15 crores as allowances totaling 165 crores per annum.
  • 165 crores per annum for our doctors
  • + An increase in retirement benefits by 2.5 lakhs at present to upto 10 lakhs in future. + increase in monthly pension
  • No other association has achieved such large scale promotions and enhancement in basic pay as correction in an agitation in 50 years in any department in TN.
  • Pb4 possible max by 20 years. Minimum by 9 to 12 years (even 6 Y)
  • IAS in 13 YEARS they reach pb4 (Time bound).
  • UGC - After 12 years on vacancies, they reach pb4
  • Time bound Pb4 only for doctors and IAS in TN
  • By 20 years pb4. ie 1/3rd at any time. Every one some time.
  • 10 out of 30 years in pb4 ie gross from 65000 to 80000.
  • The exclusive club of PB 4. Total TN officers 4000 in pb4.
  • 3000 are doctors. 300 IAS/ IPS. Balance other dept.
  • Every doctor will reach PB 4 and retire. (irrespective of their qualification) 
  • Every doctor will reach the maximum pension. (Upper limit)
  • VRS
  • Better allowances.
  • Correction of 30 years back-log.

Points of concern in G.O. 354:

1. Suggested release of Diploma and MBBS from DME side on first promotion:

  • By now the DME/ Health Secretariat/ Finance Secretariat have agreed to retain Diploma/ MBBS till CCS level.
  • This is same as pre-G.O. state.
  • TNGDA has resolved in Trichy State EC of this. Has sought an amendment to retain and promote them within DME as per the recommendation of Praveen Kumar Committee. (TNGDA formed a part of the committee.)
  • As of now, TNGDA has succeeded in persuading DME/ Health Secretary in retaining diploma/ MBBS doctors upto CCS level. Awaiting finance clearance.
  • DME himself has agreed to take it up as it would affect functioning of many departments.
  • Selfish criticism by certain people accusing this clause is meaning less. For the fear that it may affect them they start criticizing this. (All these years it was like this. Diploma/ MBBS moving out at SCS level promotion. Why such hue and cry now?)
2. Date of implementation:

Not from 1.1.2006. Only from 23.10.2009. Even personal representation was made with Hon’ble CM. Finance department objects to this.

3. Panel / Specialist seniority:
TNGDA always insist on CML seniority. TNGDA Demand: CML is fundamental for promotion and NOT to Panel or Speciality seniority.

4. VRS Cool-off period:
Those non-scarce doctors willing for VRS after 20 years of service before claiming pb4 pay will be allowed VRS. Once they claim pb4 they should stay for 5 years before VRS.
TNGDA to take-up this clause legally.

What do Service PGs get?
  • The service PGs will get regular increments (instead of paper increments)
  • Their PG period will be counted for time-bound promotions.
  • Almost all PGs will get atleast one promotion. First year PGs ie joined service in 2006 will be promoted to SAS and those who joined service before 2005 will be promoted as Civil Surgeons at the time of implementation (one time fitment has no minimum period.
  • To Sum-up - first promotion in 3rd year and two promotions in 5th year is unimaginable. Most likely the orders will be effected in a couple of months.
  • Is it true? Yes, sure.
  • How? Most people get confused with Person Oriented Promotions at 8, 15 and 20 years. (This POP is the maximum time for promotions.) Hence feel the first promotion will be only at 8th year. But apart from POP TNGDA through the Praveen Kumar Committee has increased the promotions. (plz see table below). Through them the quick promotion is possible.

PHC doctors do not benefit by this… some so called organizations. Is it true?
These party based or Public Health Officials instigated forums are all motivated and have vested interest. Their only idea is to blame TNGDA.
But still let us see what would our PHC doctors get.
   By person oriented promotions, PHC doctors are expected to get promotions in 8, 15 and 20 years. But on the recommendations of Praveen Kumar Committee the total posts are upgraded to various cadres and by this increased promotion opportunities,
  • All PHC doctors who have joined service in 2006 (including CMC batch) will be promoted to SAS
  • and those who joined service before 2005 will be promoted as Civil Surgeons next month (at the time of implementation)
  • Almost all PHC doctors who have put in 16 to 17 years will get pb4 scales.
Unbelievable. Yet true.
  • time-bound pb4 scales (Biggest achievement)
  • More allowances – PHC allowance, administrative allowance etc.
  • Central Govt. funded Rural Pay will also be extended to them later on.
  • The best scales for PHC doctor in any state across the country.
  • First time in the history, the PHC timings are reduced by 2 hours and practically NO CALL DUTY.

Let these people show better pay/ promotion scales for PHC doctors in any other state.


B4 G.O.
(including DD, specialists)
After G.O. 354 sanction
+ DD

Break-up and analysis:-

3218 post
(The jr most doctors will be AS)
Vacant posts 900
those who are to write Special TNPSC 2109
those recruited between Feb 2009 and Oct 2009 is 450 doctors
Total is 3459.
So only these junior most doctors will remain AS. Even the 300 doctors in this should get their promotion, but will not be done for want of regularization.
SAS 2163 posts
(Immediate senior batches)
The CMC batch converted to time scale on 1.11.2006 numbering 1300
Regular TNPSC selected in 2005-06 numbering 700
So, all these doctors will get promoted to SAS
CS 927 posts
Those selected between 2002 to 2005 will get fitted to this.
265 Regular TNPSC in 2003.
+ 550 10a1 in 2002

SCS 1235 posts
Probably those selected before 2002 will get here

CCS 1191
Probably all present SAS/ CS/ SCS will be fitted in this. ie those who have 16 years will get Pb4 scales

these are all presumptions based on total posts sanctioned in G.O.354. It may vary from speciality to speciallity. Will be correct by atleast 95%.


Asso. Prof.
Before G.O.
After G.O.
(with TimeBound promotions)

Break-up and analysis:-

  • AP : Associate Prof : Prof = 3233 : 1217 : 15

  • Now it is 1600 : 1500: 1500

  • 2/3rd as self drawing cadres
  • 1/3rd in Pb4
  • + POP at time-bound intervals
  • Almost Inverted pyramid structure