Srinagar: Salaries are likely to increase from next month of resident doctors in all medical colleges of the state. The health department has approved the pay hike and clearance is awaited from the finance department, official sources told Kashmir Reader. About 1200 resident doctors will benefit from this move.
“The proposal to end anomalies in pay of resident doctors has been approved by the administrative department. Now it requires final approval from the finance department, which will take some time to get through,” said a senior official in the health department.
He said that the principal secretary of the health department, Pawan Kotwal, agreed to end the disparity in pay scale which had resulted because of non-revision of stipend in the past 8 years.
“He has assured that the matter would be taken up with the chief minister and finance minister to speed it up,” the official said, quoting minutes of a meeting chaired by the principal secretary.
As per official documents, Kotwal has asked the finance department to consider the proposal on two parameters that will bring the salaries of resident doctors at government medical colleges (GMCs) at par with those of resident doctors at SKIMS Soura.
“I have done an analysis of the inflation (factor) and as per that analysis, the total inflation since 2009 till 2017 is around 67.4 percent. The Rs 20,000 which is the present pay of PG doctors as per the 2009 order is equal to Rs 34,295 in 2017 (adjusted for inflation). The finance department will consider this issue on the basis of these two important parameters to bring their pay at par with SKIMS,” Kotwal said in the meeting.
The authorities of GMC Srinagar also invoked the Medical Council of India (MCI) rule which says that post-graduate students pursuing a degree/ diploma/ super specialty course shall be paid stipend at par with the stipend being paid to post-graduate students of state government medical institutes/central government medical institutes in the State/Union Territory where the institute is located.
The medical colleges of J&K have seen an enormous brain-drain of doctors in recent years. A rough estimate says that nearly 200 resident doctors have left the state for greener pastures in just the last one year.
On Tuesday, resident doctors at GMC Srinagar ended their six-day long strike following a series of meetings with government officials and assurances in writing for removal of the pay disparity. The work in GMC’s associated hospitals resumed from Wednesday.