Stipend for medical interns hiked from Rs 6,000 to Rs 11,000
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The Maharashtra state cabinet, on Wednesday, approved to increase the stipend of medical interns to Rs11,000 per month from Rs6,000 per month.

Nearly 5,000 interns working in government hospitals, dental hospitals, Ayurveda, homoeopathy, and Unani hospitals will get the benefit of this hike.

As the government has decided to implement this hike with effect from August 1, interns are all set to get the increased stipend credited in a few days with the September payout.

With 2,800 MBBS seats, there are nearly 5,000 interns in dental, homoeopathy, Ayurveda, and Unani colleges. They were demanding a hike in stipend from 2015.

“Our demand was to increase the stipend to Rs15,000. But, we welcome the government’s present decision as the state is going through a difficult phase after recent flood situation,” said Dr Hrushikesh Mankar, president of Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI).

Last time medical interns had received a stipend hike was in 2012. Stipend had been hiked from Rs2,500 to Rs6,000. They have been demanding the revision since 2015. Last year, the ministry of medical education had approved the hike but it was stuck with the finance department. Interns were aggressively following this demand especially in 2019. “We had decided to go on strike in June. But medical education minister Girish Mahajan and Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar asked us to wait for two months for implementation of stipend hike. We postponed our strike but followed up the issue continuously.

Mahajan raised the issue in cabinet meeting today and we have got relief,” Mankar added. Currently, shifts of medical interns stretch for anything from 12 to 36 hours. There is no provision of weekly off for them. Interns in private medical colleges don’t get any stipend. Recently, the Board of Governors of Medical Council of India has decided that if a student of a private medical college does an internship at a hospital of the same college, the hospital will have to pay stipend to that student. This means students of private medical colleges will also get Rs11,000 stipend.

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