The meeting took place at the official residence of the medical education minister. During the meeting, the medical interns stated that they have been demanding an increase in stipend since 2015. They want their stipend to be increased from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 15,000.
Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary Medical Education, Dr Tatyarao Lahane, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research along with members of ASMI were present for the meeting
Girish Mahajan has directed the medical education department to put up a proposal to increase the stipend from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 11,000. This proposal will be brought forth before the Maharashtra cabinet.
The interns have many demands, but their primary demand was for an increase in stipend. The interns from ASMI were earlier considering to go on strike from July 22.
Dr Ajinkya Vede, General Secretary of the Association of State Medical Interns (ASMI), said, “Since the last four years, we have been demanding for an increase in stipend. We have gone on strike in the past for this. Finally, the government will be fulfilling our demands.”
He added, “It is heartening to see that the government is taking positive steps in regards with our demands. We welcome this move. We hope that justice will be done towards us in the cabinet meeting.”
Now, after assurances from the medical education minister, the medial inters across the state have called off their proposed strike.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Medical Education Minister, Girish Mahajan, said, “I have instructed the Medical Education Department to put up a proposal for the stipend hike to medical interns before the cabinet. We are committed to solving this issue.”