Jammu, November 16 (Vijay Kumar) -–, Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday accorded sanction to enhancement in the monthly stipend of Post graduate students of Government Medical and Dental Colleges with effect from July 01, 2009. With this, the Government has fulfilled its commitment to redress the grievances of the junior doctors with regard to their remuneration.
The Chief Minister, Omer Abdullah had constituted a Ministerial Committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Medical Education, R.S. Chib, Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, Advisors to Chief Minister, Davinder Rana and Mubarak Gul and senior officers of the adminsitration to look into the grievances of the junior doctors with regard to pay incentives.
Subsequently, the Finance Minister had assured the agitating doctors that appropriate orders in this regard shall be issued on November 17, 2009, in case they withdraw their strike as it was not justified because it has caused inconvenience to the people and their strike cannot constraint the Government to take a decision under compulsion. He told them that Government is already conscious of their problems and they were already given commitment in August 2009 that their grievance will be redressed appropriately. They were advised by Rather to call off their strike and resume their duties to serve the people. Accordingly, the striking junior doctors called off their strike both at
The Ministerial Committee after analyzing the demands of the junior doctors and considering all relevant matters, recommended revision of stipend and other incentives, after which the Government today issued an order in this regard.
According to the Government order the monthly stipend of Post graduate students of first year has been revised from Rs. 11,850 to Rs. 20,000. The stipend of second year Post graduate students has been revised from existing Rs. 15,700 to Rs. 21,000 whereas the stipend of 3rd year Post graduate students has been revised from existing Rs. 15,700 to Rs. 22,000. The revised rates shall bear an annual increase of 3 percent.
Enhancement in the monthly remuneration of Non-PSC Registrars/Demonstrators/Tutors possessing Post graduate qualification with effect from July 01, 2009 from the existing rate of Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 23,000 in respect of incumbents who are in position. This dispensation would be restricted to in-position incumbents only.
Likewise, the monthly remuneration of House Surgeons with effect from July 01, 2009 has been fixed at Rs. 19,500 till a final view is taken on the position of house surgeons itself.
Grant of special dispensation comprising following two components to the doctors in pay band 2nd appointed on substantive basis in the Directorates of Health Services and Government Medical/Dental Colleges has also been ordered.
a) Special pay of Rs. 900 to be merged with the basic pay and counting for all allowances including pensionery benefits.
b) A Special Duty Allowance of Rs. 800 as a stand-alone component to be retained as distinct element not counting for any allowance and pensionery benefits.
The Government has also sanctioned grant of two advance increments to the doctors in the pay band 2nd appointed on substantive basis in the Directorates of Health Services and possessing post graduate qualification. Likewise sanction has been accorded to the grant of three advance increments to the Lecturers in pay band 2nd appointed on substantive basis in the Government Medical/Dental Colleges and possessing post graduate qualification.