The unemployed dental surgeons on Monday expressed strong resentment against the authorities for failing to create jobs for thousands of dental surgeons from the past 11 years and sidelining them.
They said it is unfortunate that the government has failed at its all ends and no job was advertised during the past one decade to accommodate the unemployed dental surgeons in the Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr Aquib, who is the spokesman of the unemployed dental surgeons in Kashmir stated that there are more than five thousand dental surgeons in J&K are moving from pillar to post for the job but it seems no one is listening to their pleas. Most of us have even crossed the upper age limit for any Government job, he said.
“If there is no need for dental surgeons then what is the fun of establishing dental colleges. We should accommodate like NHM, PSC, and NCD employees, so that issue would be resolved.
Despite repeated pleas to administration things have remained unchanged on the ground,” he said.
Another unemployed dental surgeon from Shopian, Dr Shaziya said that government had adopted a step-motherly approach towards them and have failed to create job opportunities for them in the health sector.
“The unemployed dental surgeons have been pushed to the wall despite being highly professional at a time when there are vacancies in hospitals for such posts. The lackadaisical approach of successive governments to upgrade dental health care is responsible for the huge unemployment rate,” She said.
She said many of the unemployed dental surgeons have crossed the age bar and many are taking antidepressants due to lack of employment opportunities.
The unemployed dental surgeons urged the health department should take this issue seriously and announce a job package for unemployed dental surgeons which would strengthen the public hospitals that often remain paced with patients.
They appealed to the authorities of the National Health Mission (NHM) to come forward and absorb the unemployed dental surgeons in Primary Health Centres and at block and district level.