Nagaland to give additional incentives to healthcare workers on COVID-19 duty
Kohima: With the aim of increasing and meeting the immediate needs of healthcare workers, the State government On Saturday, decided to give additional incentives to government and private sector healthcare workers on COVID-19 service.
In a letter from Nagaland Chief Secretary J Alam to the Senior Director of Health and Family Welfare, he said decisions made by the state government include:
Commitment and allowance for students:
Since students are allowed to perform COVID-19 duties, the state government has advised that the allowance will be paid based on the different categories.
The authority to delegate students, temporarily, rests with the District Working Groups (DTF), for three months. The initial upper limit would be 30 students for Kohima and Dimapur districts, and ten for other districts.
The state government has informed that the allowance can be paid to various categories of students such as:
For those who are in COVID / non-COVID-19 clinical service / essential services, an amount of Rs 25,000 pm as an incentive for MBBS trainees and BDS / AYUSH trainees; Rs 13,500 pm for BSc-Nursing trainees; Rs 10,000 pm for GNM / Technician trainees; Rs 8,500 pm for ANM trainees.
For those in non-clinical service, a sum of Rs 9,000 pm for final year trainees (MBBS / BDS / AYUSH); Rs 8,000 pm for the last year (BSc-Nursing / GNM / Technician); Rs 7,500 pm for the past year (ANM); and Rs 6,000 for less of the last year, up to second year students.
Preferably in government appointments:
The government will give preference, in the form of a maximum of 25% of the total marks for the respective recruitment exam based on the length of the COVID duties rendered, to healthcare workers who have worked on COVID- duties. 19 in public or private COVID institutions for 100 days, for appointment to regular government positions.
Detailed instructions would be issued in consultation with the P&AR department separately.
Incentives for serving physicians:
Preference for study leave to continue studies would be given to healthcare workers who have spent at least 100 days on COVID-19 duty and have qualified for the entrance exam. Changes to the education leave rules for this purpose would also be published separately.
Short-term health worker engagement:
Any healthcare worker hired for at least 100 days to manage COVID-19 patients would be entitled to remuneration greater than 25% of the starting salary of the employee grade concerned.
Treatment of COVID-19 for private healthcare workers:
While the cost of medical treatment for government employees would be borne by the government, the cost of treatment for healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 while on duty in private hospitals would also be reimbursed from the same way as for government employees.