The payment will be with effect from April 2018
Chennai: Finding the demand for ‘stipend hike’ genuine, the state government has raised the salaries of medicos in Under-Graduate (UG), Post-graduate (PG) and super speciality courses. The hike has also been granted to nurses working on a contract basis.
Last year, more than 3,000 contract nurses struck work demanding higher pay scale. Whereas this June, PG students along with UG residents and super speciality students had given a call for a strike if the government does not increase their stipends.
At that time, Director of Medical Education, Dr A Edwin Joe informed that a study by his department revealed that house surgeons, PG students, and super speciality students were receiving the lowest in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Agreeing with the observation, the state government finally granted relief to the medicos. State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar told TOI, “The salary revision was cleared by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and the payment will be with effect from April 2018.”
The New Indian Express reports the increase in the monthly stipend as follows:-
- First Year PG degree students will get a raise from Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000, Second year- Rs 26,000 to Rs 37,500, Third year -Rs 27,000 to Rs 40,000,
- First-year PG diploma students will get a raise from Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000, Second year- Rs 26,000 to Rs 37,500,
- First-year higher speciality course students will get a raise from from Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000, Second year – Rs 30,000 to Rs 43,500, Third, fourth, fifth and sixth year students- Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000.
- Stipend of CRRIs will be raised from Rs 13,000 to Rs 20,000, also CRRIs and for non-service doctors- Increase of Rs 600 and Rs 1,000 annually.
Meanwhile, for the nurses working on a contractual basis, the state has nearly doubled their salary from a consolidated pay of Rs 7,700 per month to a take-home salary of Rs 14,000 per month.
“In addition to take-home pay, nurses will get benefits such as ESIC. They will also get a yearly hike of Rs 500,” he said. The hike will benefit more than 12,000 nurses,” Vijayabaskar said.