Paying heed to agitating resident doctors in four medical colleges, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has decided to release their stipend arrears since May 2020. A senior official from the BMC said that order have been issued as per the desire (of resident doctors) and the issue now stands resolved.
In a circular issued on 7 May 2021, Dr Mohan Joshi, dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital (LTMGH), says, "...the regular monthly stipend of resident doctors in municipal medical and dental colleges is increased by Rs10,000 from 1 May 2020. This is besides the increment given to resident doctors during COVID pandemic. All deans and their accounts officers are requested to calculate the arrears by 14 May 2021 and clear the payments by coming week end. This should be treated as most urgent."
Resident doctors from four BMC -run medical colleges had started a #hashtag campaign on Friday about their pending demand of Rs1.2 lakh stipend arrears for their Covid duty. Resident doctors from Sion Hospital, KEM Hospital, and Nair Hospital protested on Twitter with a hashtag of #BMCBetrayedUs and #BetrayedStillWorking.
Resident doctors from KEM Hospital say, "Due to this unfair decision every resident (doctor) of BMC colleges will loss Rs70,000 to Rs80, 000. Resident doctors have worked and continue to work relentlessly throughout the Pandemic. The Administration should stand by that has been promised."
Last year in May, the Maharashtra government had issued a government resolution (GR) that state that resident doctors will get a hike in pay from May 2020. However, the resident doctors alleged that the BMC administration had denied them the hike in stipend from May 2020 as per the GR.
Earlier this week, the BMC issued an order to increase stipend of resident doctors from College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS) to Rs54,000 from Rs15,000 for next three months (or the duration of Covid hardship).