The Karnataka government is planning to award five extra marks in the soon to be conducted NEET PG exam to those candidates who have been actively involved in various jobs pertaining to the ongoing pandemic. Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar announced the same while addressing a press conference on Monday.
Apparently, the move is to encourage medical aspirants to help the government in its effort to combat the Covid-19 crisis.
“About 2,000 medical students who are appearing for PG exams will be utilised for COVID related work. Apart from this final year nursing students and MBBS students will be deployed at COVID care centres. Government is also considering to award 5 marks in NEET exam for medical students involved in COVID related work,” the minister was quoted saying by a report.
Recently Medical Counselling Committee, MCC allowed online reporting for NEET PG 2020 second counselling after receiving representations from candidates regarding issues faced in physical reporting.
The Minister also announced the government would soon increase the salary of Group D workers and provide risk allowance to all front line workers.
“State government is thinking to double the salary of Group D workers and provide risk allowance to all front line workers. A final decision will be made in this regard in 2-3 days. Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and all corona warriors are working tirelessly from the past 120 days. Naturally, this has taken a toll both physically and mental mentally and caused fatigue. Our corona warriors are vulnerable to infection and the additional allowance is a small step towards boosting their morale,” the Minister informed.
As many as 1,925 cases of COVID-19 and 37 deaths in the last 24 hours have been reported from the State. The total count of patients has mounted to 23,474 in the state.