Friday, September 25, 2009

Karnataka revises doctors payscales

BANGALORE: Cheering news for doctors and lecturers this festive season. A salary hike for doctors and UGC scales for lecturers.The state cabinet on Friday decided to increase the salaries of its doctors by Rs 4,500 to Rs 8,000 and regularize the services of services of 462 doctors and 107 dentists working on contract basis.
The approved monthly hikes are: Rs 8,000 for post-graduates; Rs 5,000 for post-graduate diploma holders; Rs 5,000 for post-graduates (in-service); Rs 3,000 for post-graduate diploma holders (in-service); Rs 6,000 for doctors in rural areas; and Rs 4,500 for those who have served in rural areas. Briefing the media after the cabinet meeting here on Friday, home minister V S Acharya said this was what the government could do in the existing financial circumstances. The doctors had last month threatened to resign if their demands for pay revision and regularization of services were not met. They demanded the stipend be increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 15,000 for interns; from Rs 11,000 to Rs 25,000 for post-graduates. Here’s the bonanza for lecturers in the state. As many as 11,500 lecturers in 339 government colleges and 298 private aided colleges will get salaries based on UGC scale. The Centre sponsors 80%, while the state’s share is 20%. This means an annual additional expenditure of Rs 954 crore — Rs 763 crore from the Centre and Rs 191 crore from the state. (TOI)

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