Medical Education Minister fulfills his promise; addresses the demand of medicos which has been pending since 5 years
Bengaluru – May 18, 2020: The state government has issued an order revising the stipend of the resident doctors, PG medical students and fellowship students studying in Government institutions. This has become possible due to the efforts by Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar. With this revision, the proposal which has been in vogue for the past five years, has finally come to an end. Given that several state governments have cut salaries of doctors due to financial crunch faced during this Covid crisis, doctors have lauded the Karnataka government’s decision to revise the stipend considering the selfless service of doctors.
On February 26, a delegation of Karnataka Resident Doctors Association had met Minister Sudhakar and submitted their appeal for pay revision. Responding positively for their proposal, the Minister had assured them to take a decision on this in 3-4 months. The Minister had instructed the department to prepare a detailed proposal. During his quarantine period Dr.Sudhakar held a video conference with ACS Javed Akhthar, and VC RGUHS Dr.Sachidanand and Director Medical Education Dr.Girish and the proposal was sent for clearance by the finance department. The Minister had convinced the Chief Minister Shri B.S.Yediyuarappa regarding the proposed stipend hike and told these doctors are working tirelessly during this war against Covid-19. The hike will boost their morale and make them work with more enthusiasm.
The following hike has been approved:
Resident Doctors – 30,000, PG students 1st year – 45,000, PG students 2nd year – 50,000, PG students 3rd year – 55,000, Super Specialty students 1st year – 55,000, 2nd year – 60,000, 3rd year 65,000, Compulsory government service doctors will get 60,000/-. This will benefit more than 6,000 medical students across the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar expressed his gratitude towards Chief Minister Shri B.S.Yediyurappa for responding positively for his request and hiking the stipends of Medical students. The Minister said, that the revision has given me great satisfaction, as Doctors are leading from the front in this fight against Covid 19. The revision of stipend would boost their morale and encourage them to work with more enthusiasm.
Acknowledging the hike Dr.Dayanand Sagar, member of Karnataka Resident doctors association has said – ” For the past five years, our successive appeals have been turned down several times by the government. Thanks to Dr.K.Sudhakar who understood the situation and responded positively for our appeal just 3 months back. We welcome the the government order to increase the stipend by 40 per cent”.
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