Close to 8,000 resident doctors who form the frontline in Karnataka’s fight against Coronavirus have protested the low monthly stipend being given to them. They said on the one hand the stipend was low while on the other hand the fee for their medical studies had been increased.
The doctors said that they were at the forefront of fighting the pandemic and yet after paying for their college fee they were not left with much at the end of the month.
Karnataka gives a stipend of Rs30,000 to residents while their college fee is over Rs1 lakh. The residents had seen a hike in their stipend in 2015 but a five fold increase in fee in 2019 has left them struggling to manage their finances. The doctors said that residents in Delhi get a stipend of more than ₹80,000 while Maharashtra pays around ₹55,000. Kerala and Haryana also pays its residents Rs50,000 and Rs60,000 respectively..
The residents also alleged that they had to work for over 12 hours a day and wearing the PPE all day left them dehydrated and feeling dizzy. Reports of residents not being paid has also emerged in some of the private medical colleges in the state.