MBBS interns in government medical colleges of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are up in arms with the administration as they are being paid a meagre stipend of little over Rs 230 per day.
Disappointed with the remuneration, they have launched a social media campaign demanding a hike in the allowance, a PTI report said.
Despite facing a slew of hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic and working for more than 10 hours daily to screen and survey people in remote areas, the interns have launched the #WeDemandStipendIncrement and #Rajasthan_Intern_Stipend_Badhao campaigns on microblogging site Twitter.
Only calling us Hero or Warriors is not enough. MBBS interns get stipend Rs 233/day, is this justified, a medical intern named Shivam Raika tweeted.
Another intern B L Bijarniya wrote, 4.5 years of tireless efforts and hard work makes us who we are today and to get Rs 233/day in return is a shame on the system.
After completing of MBBS, doctors are sent for a one-year rotatory internship to get hands-on experience. THey are being paid for the smae. But it varies from states to states. Rajasthan pays the lowest monthly stipend of Rs 7,000 in the entire country, while UP government pays Rs 7,500. Himachal Pradesh pays Rs 30,000 and Rs 17,000 per month respectively to interns.
In 2017, Rajasthan government had revised its stipend paid to interns from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000. We have now written a letter to the Chief Minister, Shyam Sundar, President of Sardar Patel Medical College Student Union told PTI.
Rajasthan has recorded 100 COVID-19 deaths and has 3,453 positive cases. IN UP, the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 3,059 on Thursday evening with 61 deaths .