An AD HOC lecturer in the physiology department of JJ Hospital and Grant Medical College, Dr Sachin Mulkutkar (37), has worked without any promotion or increment for the last 12 years.
He would have had to continue like that throughout his career or move to a private medical college.
Now, a recent Government Resolution (GR) makes Dr Mulkutkar and others like him eligible for appraisals like other lecturers.
The GR dated January 23 regularised approximately 450 lecturers who were appointed by the Divisional Selection Board and had completed two years of work at any of the 14 government medical colleges in the state on January 15, 2009.
“I am so happy. I worked hard as I am passionate about medicine…but there was little motivation,” said Mulkutkar.
Dr Gopinath Daokar was equally relieved. “I have been working at JJ since 2003 but I still earn Rs 30,000 per month. Had I been a permanent lecturer my salary would have been at least Rs 35,000 by now,” he said. “Now, I will work here happily till retirement.”
The Maharashtra Medical Teachers’ Association (MMTA) had sought permanent cadre for about 800 temporary teachers in government medical colleges.
In October 2007, the lecturers had gone on mass casual leave and in January 2008 they held a relay hunger strike.
“This is indeed a positive step which will improve the overall quality of medical care in government hospitals,” said head of MMTA, Dr NN Ramraje.