Intern doctors pay raise issue to be sorted out in two months: Girish Mahajan 

Intern doctors from Maharashtra have been on a strike since June 13. Their demand is to raise their pay from existing Rs 6,000 to Rs 11,000. The Medical Education Minister has assured that this issue will be sorted out within two months

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  • 2,300 Intern doctors from 18 medical colleges across Maharashtra are on indefinite strike since June 13.
  • The doctors are protesting against the government, in order to raise their stipend from Rs 6,000 to Rs 11,000.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan said, “Within one-and-half to two months’ time, after consulting all the concern departments, we will take a final decision on the intern doctors pay raise demand.”

On Monday, June 18, the indefinite strike called by the medical intern from Maharashtra, has entered its sixth day. The intern doctors have been firm on their demand of needing a pay raise and need a sincere assurance from the Maharashtra government.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Gokul Raka, General Secretary of the Intern Doctors Association said, “We had a meeting with the state Finance Minister on Saturday, June 16. The minister verbally assured us that the demands will be considered as per the budgetary provision. But, we need a firm assurance. So, we have decided to continue the strike.”

On Monday, June 18, My Medical Mantra contacted Girish Mahajan, Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra, on what steps government is taking to call-off the doctors strike.

He said, “We are in touch with the protesting doctors. Within next one-and-half to two months’ time, after talking to all the concern departments, we will take a final decision on the pay raise issues. I hope in two months’ time the pay raise issue will be sorted out.”