Mumbai, May 30, 2020: Chief Minister Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has announced a substantial hike in the honorarium of doctors serving their bonds to bring it at par with doctors working on contract basis. This will encourage doctors and will definitely strengthen the battle against Coronavirus.
Henceforth, doctors serving their bonds in tribals areas will get Rs 75,000 instead of Rs 60,000. Specialist doctors working in tribal areas will be paid Rs 85,000 from the previous Rs 70,000. MBBS Doctors in other areas will see their honorarium rise to Rs 70,000 from Rs 55,000. Specialist doctors in other areas will get an honorarium of Rs 80,000 instead of Rs 65,000. The graduates of government-run medical colleges are required to serve the public healthcare system for a stipulated period of time after completing their MBBS or post graduate degree.
A few days back, MNS leader Amit Thackeray had written a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting him not to reduce the honorarium of bond doctors. As per the order issued on April 20, 2020 by the Public Health Department of the Government of Maharashtra as well as the Commissionerate of Health Services, it was decided to reduce the honorarium of bond medical officers by up to Rs 20,000. They should be rewarded for their hard work by giving them more allowances, not by reducing their honorarium. MNS leader Amit Thackeray had said that the reduction in honorarium was unjust and demoralized the doctors.
Doctors are faithfully doing their duty in the corona crisis. However, in such a situation, their honorarium should not be reduced. As per the order issued by the Health Services department, the honorarium of bonded medical officers is between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000. Earlier, the monthly salary and allowances under the honorarium service system were Rs 78,000. According to the new order, the honorarium of bonded medical officers has been fixed under contract services, Amit Thackeray had said.