Uttar Pradesh Cabinet nod to 25% honorarium for health staff on Covid-19 duty

  • | Friday | 7th May, 2021

LUCKNOW: The state cabinet on Thursday approved a Covid honorarium, entailing the payment of additional 25% over and above the regular pay, for heatlh workers deployed in Covid wards at government hospitals. The decision will be applicable retrospectively from May 1, 2021. Principal secretary (medical education) Alok Kumar said the step had been taken to not just increase available manpower in the state but also to boost the morale of health workers who had been working hard to combat the pandemic for over a year.

LUCKNOW: The state cabinet on Thursday approved a Covid honorarium, entailing the payment of additional 25% over and above the regular pay, for heatlh workers deployed in Covid wards at government hospitals. The decision will be applicable retrospectively from May 1, 2021. Principal secretary (medical education) Alok Kumar said the step had been taken to not just increase available manpower in the state but also to boost the morale of health workers who had been working hard to combat the pandemic for over a year.

The approval came three days after chief minister Yogi Adityanath declared that an honorarium would be given to health workers.
“The cabinet on Thursday approved the additional pay to health workers, including doctors, ward boys, nurses, cleaners and anyone who is performing duty in Covid wards. They will get an additional 25% of their salary above their monthly payout," Kumar said. The increment will also be applicable on outsourced employees who will get 25% additional payment over their monthly remuneration,” Kumar said, adding that it was the government’s way of letting them know that it was with them in the hour of crisis.

Citing the possibility of the third wave of coronavirus later in the year, as suggested by experts, Kumar said it was necessary for the government to arrange for trained manpower.

“For this, the government has taken two crucial decisions. It has been decided for the first time ever daily stipend would be given to MBBS interns or those in their final year, and final year students of MSc and BSc (nursing) and technicians. The government has fixed daily stipend of Rs 500 for those doing internship after MBBS, Rs 400 for MSc (nursing), Rs 300 for BSc (nursing), and Rs 300 for those in MBBS final year. Active quarantine will be included in this package along with allowance for food, as is given to other Covid staff,” he said.

Through the health and medical education departments, the government will also release an advertisement for hiring of retired health workers and those in private sector who would volunteer to work in Covid wards. They will be paid 25% more than the approved rate under the National Health Mission.

The hiring of such persons will be decentralised. Interviews and appointments will be conducted by principals of medical colleges and the district health committee of health department, which is headed by the district magistrate and the chief medical officer as secretary. “We are expecting a monthly expenditure of Rs 50 crore on these initiatives. This will be applicable from May 1 to July 31, 2021 and will be extended, if necessary,” Kumar said.


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