Maharashtra: Medical interns to go on indefinite strike from June 13

The medical interns had earlier staged a protest at JJ Hospital on April 26. Their key demands include a raise in their stipend from Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000 as the stipend provided to interns in Maharashtra is the lowest compared to other states

Maharashtra: Medical interns to go on indefinite strike from June 13
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In 2015, the state had agreed to raise their stipend to Rs 11, 000 but it has not been implemented yet, their original demand was 20,000 but the government had agreed to Rs 11,000. The interns are urging the state government to give them the amount which was agreed upon by them but not executed.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Gokul Raka, General Secretary, Association of State Medical Interns (Maharashtra) said, “We have been demanding for a pay rise in our stipends since the past 4 years, but there has been no progress on this front. On May 02, a group of representative interns and I had met Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan. He told us that he will consider our demands and increase the stipend, but nothing has moved forward after this encounter.”

He added, “We will go on an indefinite strike from June 13, and won’t stop until our demands are met.”

At the moment, there are 400 medical interns working at four major civic-run hospitals (KEM, Sion, Nair and Cooper Hospital) and there are 2,300 medical interns working across Maharashtra.

When compared to other states, the government of Telangana provides a stipend of Rs 12 to 15,000. Whereas, the states of Karnataka and Bihar pays a stipend of Rs 20,000 and 15,000 respectively.

Dr Pravin Shingare, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), Mumbai, said, “We will consider and think about what has to be done next in regards with this and try to fulfil the demands of the intern doctors.”

The medical interns want to bring these points to the state government’s notice:

  • The same government which can manage to hike the tuition fee every year in the name of inflation cannot do the same for stipend.
  • As per our constitution and minimum wage policy, a skilled professional must get a salary of Rs 24,000 month including the inflation rate.