The State government on Tuesday increased the monthly stipend being paid to Senior Resident Doctors working in several government teaching hospitals. Senior Resident Doctors had a few days ago demanded a hike in the stipend and also threatened to boycott duties. The Government considered their demands and assured them hike in the stipend after which they withdrew their decision to boycott duties.
Following their representation, the Government on Tuesday issued an order to hike the stipend of Resident Specialist Degree (PG) to Rs 70,000, Resident Dentist to Rs 65,000 and Resident Super Specialist to Rs 85,000 per month. Senior Residents working in Government medical colleges actively in Covid and non-Covid duties across the state are receiving a monthly stipend of Rs 45,000. They said that the stipend hike, which is mandated every two years, has been pending since January 2020.
As a result, they were receiving less stipend than junior postgraduates. The same Senior Residents in neighbouring Telangana are being paid Rs 80,500, which is almost double their stipend in comparison. In Central institutes like AIIMS, Senior Residents are drawing Rs 1,05,000. They have been giving repeated representations since November 2019. There are more than 300 Senior Residents along with more than 800 final-year postgraduates across the state.