Jammu Tawi, July 15: Unemployed dentists continue to protest against lack of jobs at Jammu and Kashmir hospital.
Dental surgeons have protested in Jammu and other parts of UT over the past 20 days and demanded that positions be created for them.
“Since 2008, no recruitment of dental surgeons has taken place despite the fact that there are hundreds of vacancies in the department,” said Shahnawaz Ahmad, holder of a dental surgeon diploma.
He said they were going through a trauma because despite spending thousands of rupees and graduating for years together, over 7,000 dentists are unemployed and there is not a single word from the government.
“Just an excuse for lack of funds, the department has not posted any dental surgeon positions in the past 13 years. Thousands of young people have graduated but literally have to beg the government to create jobs, ”he said.
Dentists have said in previous recruitments that only Ayush degree holders (BUMS, BHMS) were selected after giving them six months dental training, which is also “pure injustice” to them.
They said the government needs to create positions in PHCs, NTPHCs, CHCs and sub-centers so that deserving people get the job.
Relevantly, LG Governor Manoj Sinha recently said the government would provide financial assistance to 400 dentists and 800 paramedics to help them start their own clinics.
However, dentists said they wanted jobs, not financial help.
“We want justice. We want jobs, not just any kind of financial assistance. Setting up a dental clinic is not an option, it is highly unacceptable and we want recruitment, said Sabita Sambyal, another holder of a dental surgeon degree.
“Financial aid is unacceptable. After 13 years, the government still does not have an employment policy for us, ”said Javaid Ahmad, another dental surgery graduate.
Dentists have called on the government to look into the matter as soon as possible and create jobs for them.