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Foreign Medicos struggle to get equal pay at AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh, JIPMER

Foreign Medicos struggle to get equal pay at AIIMS, PGI Chandigarh, JIPMER

Chandigarh: Disparity is stipend continues to upset foreign resident doctors practising at Indian institutes of national importance despite the Union government direction issued last year to pay them salaries just like any other medical professional.

Aggrieved by the failure of the concerned institutional authorities, the doctors recently took to streets in protest.

In September 2018, the government had directed Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER, PGI Chandigarh) and other medical institutions of national importance to pay the foreign doctors their due stipend.

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Medical Dialogues had reported that with the centre’s order, the junior resident doctors were about to be paid Rs 80,000 salary per month and the senior residents Rs 1 lakh per month. The other two prominent medical institutes, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) were going to tag along.

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However, the institutes have reportedly failed to meet the legitimate demand of the doctors. Since 8 years, the foreign resident doctors have been fighting against the pay inequality.

Even though these foreign resident doctors worked like any other resident doctor, over 12 hours a day, in these top medical institutes, they were paid nothing. Dissatisfied medicos alleged that they were doing “free labour” while their Indian counterparts would earn anywhere between Rs 70,000 and Rs 1 lakh per month.

The battle for this reasonable demand of salary started from the year 2013 when doctors from Nepal working in AIIMS moved the court for not treating them at par with the Indian resident doctors in terms of salary.

“The single bench judgement was decided in our favour. But the AIIMS moved an appeal before a double bench. The case is still pending,” Dr Sagar Poudel, a Nepalese junior resident at AIIMS, who was the one to raise the issue for the first time with his country’s Prime Minister (PM).

The PGI Chandigarh has 61 of these doctors from Nepal and Bhutan. Saying that they are not being paid the salary as their Indian counterparts do, Dr Poudel informed TOI: “I have requested Nepal’s foreign minister to raise the issue at the joint commission meeting with the Indian foreign ministry coming up this month.”

“We were working full shifts even during the strike. This happens every time doctors go on a strike. The resident doctors from foreign countries get a separate schedule and a notice to run the services at the hospital,” said Dr Poudel.

“These residents were a great help during the strike. They work as much as any of the resident doctors in the hospital, yet they do not get paid. The only concession may be that they do not have to pay the HRA (House Rent Allowance) for the hostel. They even have to pay Rs 19,000 upfront to avail the employee’s health insurance scheme unlike the other residents who have deductions made from their stipends,” an Assistant Professor in the department of geriatric medicine at AIIMS informed APN Live.


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Source: with inputs

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  1. If government is going to pay foreign students then why not increase seats for Indian citizens so that Indian work force is trained for Indian population.
    Foreign nationals should be paid by their government or they should compete openly with rest of Indian citizens.

  2. Before making an opinion please check at what percentile these foreign students get selected and at what percentile Indian students get selected.
    You will be shocked by the fact that the last selection in foreign Kota is as low as 50th percentile and our Indian students some times don\’t get clinical seats even at 98 percentile.
    These people are studying in premium institute, they are learning from the top faculty and after 3 years they are going to serve there country so logically there government should pay them as much as they like. They are getting knowledge and degree from gold standard institute and because of that they are going to earn money ,respect everything .
    What else these foreign students want.

  3. Issue of foreign educated postgraduates of India too should be looked upon by health minstry, MCI/NMC.A long due request from postgraduates of Indian origin who have completed their studies in foreign countries should be allowed to be part of mainstream by making them sit in DNB examinations.And if they cleat the tough Indian DNB exam , there postgraduate degrees should be equated with DNB and should be allowed to serve Indian hositals. We have many specialist posts vacant in government sector say at district level hospitals .These foreign educated postgraduates are eagerly waiting for implementation of present MCI\’s BOG propsal to conduct DNB examinations for foreign postgraduates of Indian origin.Unfortunately it\’s now 8-9 months from the proposal being sent to DNB , still nothing seems to come out concrete.