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Incentives besides salary for faculties of new govt medical colleges of Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Faculties working in new government medical colleges of Odisha will get additional financial incentives besides salary from now onwards.

A decision in this regard was taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today.

The decision was taken in a bid to attract the doctors who are not interested in joining new medical colleges situated in KBK (Kalahandi, Balangir and Koraput) area and other districts far off from the existing medical colleges.

After the meeting, Health minister Pratap Jena informed that new government medical colleges have been divided into two zones. While Zone-I constitutes KBK and KBK plus areas, Zone-II comprises areas situated at least 100 km away from the existing government medical colleges established before 2017.

While a professor working in KBK and KBK plus districts would get Rs 1.25 lakh incentives apart from salary per month, an associate professor would get Rs 1 lakh incentive and an assistant professor would get Rs 50,000 incentive per month, said Jena.

Similarly, a professor working in Zone-II medical colleges would get Rs 35,000 incentives apart from salary per month. An associate professor would get Rs 25,000 and assistant professor Rs 15,000 incentives per month.

Besides, all doctors belonging to the preclinical and paraclinical disciplines working in the new government medical colleges would get additional incentives of Rs 20,000 per month in addition to their monthly salary, said the Health Minister.

This will put a financial burden of Rs 19.73 crores per annum on the state exchequer.

Notably, four new medical colleges are coming up in Koraput, Balangir, Baripada and Balasore districts.

The Cabinet also changed the loan repayment period under Kalinga Sikhya Sathi Study Loan with a relaxation of 90 days in case of default in paying the first instalment after the moratorium period of 5 years. The students will pay an interest of 1 per cent on the loan amount and the rest will be borne by the state government.