Medical interns in Davangere launch unlimited protest to demand release of allowance



Condemning the government’s apathy in solving the allowance problem, medical interns working at the Chigateri District General Hospital on Friday launched an unlimited protest at Jayadeva Circle in the city, urging the state government to do so. grant an allowance of five months at the earliest.

The restless students said 104 medical interns (internal surgeons) selected under a government quota completed their MBBS at the city’s JJM Medical College, run by the Bapuji Educational Association. In accordance with the standards, medical interns should receive a stipend of Rs 20,000 per month as they serve at the Chigateri District General Hospital. But the standoff between the management of JJM Medical College and the state government over the payment of allowances for medical interns has reappeared.

With the exception of 15 internal surgeons who are on Covid-19 and in emergency department, the remaining students boycotted the work. “We are fed up with this kind of neglect of doctors. The government must take action to fix the problem early and protect the interests of doctors.”

They said they had already submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during his recent visit to the city, as well as Minister of Medical Education K Sudhakar, urging them to resolve the issue at the earliest. They also met the chief secretary of the government of Karnataka in Bengaluru. But there was no positive response. “So we decided to start an indefinite commotion and it was going to intensify in the next few days.”

They said that the management of JJM Medical College is asking the government to pay the allowance, and the government is ordering the management to pay it. “We are in a difficult situation now. The government must therefore find a permanent solution to this and ensure that the interns do not face other problems,” they added.

It should be noted that the management of JJM Medical College paid a stipend to graduate students and medical interns last year after the government intervened in the matter following a series of student protests. This year, management denied paying and asked the government to pay it.



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