A delegation on behalf of the Assam State Branch of Indian Medical Association (IMA) sat on a meeting with the Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma at Janata Bhawan on Saturday to discuss various issues of doctors' welfare. The emphasis of the discussion was on the issue of security of the on-duty doctors.
The delegation, led by its President, Dr. Satyajit Bora also thanked the Chief Minister for his "prompt timely action and firm assurances" for a speedy delivery of justice in the recent incident of assault on Dr. Seuj Kumar Senapati, while he was on COVID duty in Hojai. The delegation also handed over a memorandum, enlisting their nine demands to the Chief Minister. CM Sarma assured them that all their genuine demands will be fulfilled and the state Government will take all measures for the security of the medical professionals.
The delegation also requested the Chief Minister to institute an award in the memory of Dr. Bhubaneswar Barooah, to be awarded to a medical professional, every year in recognition to his or her meritorious services.
The delegation also presented a cheque worth Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister, as its contribution to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The Chief Minister lauded the gesture of the association and said that the contribution would strengthen the collective efforts of the state Government in its fight against COVID-19.