Bihar Govt hikes stipend of junior doctors

Patna: Accepting the long-standing demand of over 1,000 junior doctors in Bihar, the state government on Tuesday increased their stipend to Rs 25,000 from Rs 13,500 per month with effect from April 1.

A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, this morning, state cabinet secretariat department's principal secretary Grisih Shankar said.

Junior doctors in the state had recently struck work at the Darbhanga Medical college Hospital and Patna Medical College Hospital for over ten days demanding an increase in stipend.

Shankar said the state cabinet also sanctioned purchasing of five boats for accommodating five police stations with trained policemen to work for controlling criminal activities in riverine areas and ensuring primary disaster management at the time of floods.

It was also decided to constitute Ganga River Basin Authority headed by the Chief Minister for better management of the river in Bihar, he added.