Not given stipend for 11 months, dental students protest in Amritsar
Agitated over delay in release of stipend, around 70-80 students of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital held a protest at the district administration office on Friday.punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 14:38 IST
Agitated over delay in release of stipend, around 70-80 students of Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital held a protest at the district administration office on Friday.
There are about 150 resident dentists whose stipend has not been paid. Reportedly, a verbal spat took place between the students and the district authorities on Thursday following which, the protest was held.
The students, sitting on the protest since 9 am alleged that they visited the office of district treasury office on Thursday, but instead of listening to their issues, the officials started misbehaving that led to a verbal spat between the two parties.
Dr Nakul Singla, a protesting student said, “Our stipend has been delayed for 11 months now. Moreover, the misbehavior of the authorities has compelled us to sit on protest.”
“If the stipend is not passed today, it will further get delayed due with new financial year starting tomorrow,” said Dr Karamjot Singh, a protester.
Students could be seen holding banners and sitting outside the district treasury office raising slogans.
On an average, Rs 50, 000 is a monthly stipend for a resident doctor and Rs 9,000 for an intern at the Punjab Government Dental College.
The students in their letter addressed to deputy commissioner Kamaljit Sangha stated their demands and the desired action.
Meanwhile, the resident doctors’ association of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital also extended their support for the dental students.
Although there was news that the stipends have been disbursed, Nakul Singla said, “Till now (at 9 pm) we have not received any payment. We went to the bank and were informed there that there is no information about the release our payments.
Although assurances have come out way, we will not stop until the money actually reaches our bank accounts.”
First Published: Apr 01, 2017 14:18 IST