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Junior doctors in Andhra call off strike on minister’s assurance

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Amravati. Hundreds of junior doctors called off their strike on Wednesday after talks and assurances from Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas. A statement issued by the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJUDA) said, “Our demands were heard positively and in response the government made proposals for the same. We have been given some assurances regarding the demands.

These assurances include getting an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh in case a junior doctor dies of coronavirus.

“Any doctor who dies while serving during the COVID pandemic will be given an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh by the state government, irrespective of the amount given by the central government,” the statement said.

According to the organization’s president Rahul Roy, the first beneficiary of this ex-gratia will be Kandiktala Roji, a 2016 batch house surgeon at the Medical College, Eluru.

While taking care of several Covid patients at the medical college, Rosie unfortunately succumbed to the virus.

The junior doctors are expecting that the government will pay the ex-gratia amount to Rosie’s kin within 2-3 days.

Other assurances include the state government paying medical bills of any doctor who gets infected while discharging Covid duties, increased security for duty doctors in hospitals and resolving stipend issues.

The junior doctors said that even before the government order is issued on these assurances, they are ending their dharna keeping in mind the epidemic. (IANS)

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