Chandigarh, May 6: The Punjab Government today issued a notification enhancing the internship stipend of interns of Government Medical College Amritsar, Government Medical College Patiala, Government Dental College Amritsar, Government Dental College Patiala, and Government Ayurvedic College Patiala Rs. 4500 /- P.M with immediate effect.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Tikshan Sud, Medical Education Minister said that enhancement in internship stipend in the case of Ayurvedic interns would be from Rs. 2000 to 4500/- and in the case of others enhancement would be from Rs. 2400/- to 4500/-. The Minister said that it was felt that it was unjustified to pay a qualified Doctor less than a daily wage labourer. He said that when he brought this issue to the notice of Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, they were quite pained on this and Chief Minister ordered immediate revision on Haryana pattern.He said that the revision in internship allowance would put an extra load of Rs. 1.32 crores per annum on the exchequer of State government.