Protesting against alleged discrimination in the roll out of the Seventh Central Pay Commission, around 5000 nurses at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) went on mass casual leave today.
These nurses have also threatened to go on indefinite strike from March 27, if their demand for revision in their pay scales and a hike in allowances are not met.
The emergency services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences would be affected. However, the outpatient departments and other medical services will continue as usual.
"We have clearly told the administration that if our entire pay grade is not enhanced from Rs 4,600 to Rs 5,400 then we will go on indefinite strike from March 27 onwards," said a senior nurse at the hospital.
They have also sought enhancement in their nursing allowances by Rs 7,800.
According to the AIIMS authorities, the proposal of the nurses has been sent to the Health Ministry for consideration.
(With IANS inputs)