No pay for over 300 MBBS interns of Uttarakhand for past 1.5 month amid COVID duty
Dehradun: Not paid for the past one and a half month amid Covid-19 duty, over 300 MBBS interns of three government medical colleges of Uttarakhand recently held a candle march as a symbolic protest against the lowest monthly stipend for medical interns in India, demanding to raise it from Rs 7500.
The stipend was revised last in the year 2011 and increased from Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,500.
Drawing the attention of the Government towards the lowest amount of monthly stipend in the country, 194 medicos of Doon Medical College, 97 from Srinagar and 99 of Dr Susheela Tiwari Government Medical College and Hospital, Haldwani raised objections, calling the stipend of Rs 250 per day too less and meagre.
Disappointed over the stark difference, the medical interns pointed out that in Uttar Pradesh, the medical interns are paid Rs 12,500 per month, in Tamil Nadu and Telangana they get Rs 20,000, in Haryana and Himachal the stipend is Rs 17,000 while All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi pays their interns Rs 28,000 per month as stipend but medical interns in Uttarakhand gets the lowest amount despite extending services amid the ongoing pandemic.