COVID-19: Karnataka Government hikes salary of contractual doctors

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The Karnataka government has ordered a Rs. 15,000 hike in the salary of MBBS doctors working on contract basis at government hospitals. 

 

According to the health department, the government hiked the pay of doctors working under contract from Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month. As many as 507 doctors will benefit the hike.

The Karnataka government’s move came after demands by contractual doctors that their services be made permanent.

On Thursday, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu urged contract doctors to continue offering their services after their demand for regularisation of services.

"I request the contract doctors with folded hands to continue offering their services. With regard to their two demands, one of salary hike and the other being permanency, I assure all of them that I stand with them and their requests will definitely be fulfilled," Sriramulu, quoted by Indian Express, as saying.

On Thursday, with 1502 fresh positive cases, the total Covid-19 tally rose to 18,016 in Karnataka.

In the state, 8,334 COVID19 patients have been discharged and the total coronavirus active cases are 9,406. 

Earlier,Karnataka government had issued guidelines for home isolation of Coronavirus positive patient. 

As per the guidelines, COVID-19 positive persons will be allowed to stay in home isolation in the state. However, only those who are asymptomatic or mild-symptomatic patients are allowed at home. 

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) health team will visit the house and the teleconsultation link will be established.

 

With inputs from media reports

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