Minister ST Somashekar thanks doctors for withdrawing protest

Mysuru, August 24:- Heaping praise on the Government doctors, staff and the district administration’s role in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar on Monday (August 24) said the state will remain indebted to them for their selfless service in the last five months. “Many government departments and officials have also rendered commendable service without worrying for their lives. I sincerely thank them.”

The minister, in his media release, said, “The unfortunate death of Nanjangud Taluk Health Officer (THO) Dr S R Nagendra last week was unexpected. The government knows the kind of problems that the doctors are facing in this hour of crisis. Following their protest call, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa intervened and has promised to look into their problems and solve them. I welcome the doctors’ decision to withdraw the protest. I hope they will continue their good work in future as well.”

Dr Nagendra was allegedly under constant pressure from former Zilla Panchayat CEO Prashanth Kumar Mishra. Despite Dr Nagendra talking to Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar and the tahsildar about the shortage of staff in the department, his efforts were futile. Unable to meet the target set by the CEO, Dr Nagendra, it is alleged, decided to end life.

In the backdrop of Dr Nagendra’s father Ramakrishna filing a complaint against Mishra at Alanahalli Police Station here, the state government decided to transfer the ZP CEO. (MR/KS)


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