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    EXCLUSIVE: ‘From Covid Warrior to Covid Beggar’: The Tale of Assam Doctors

    Post-graduate (PG) doctor appointed at the Assam Medical College Hospital alleged that they were not being paid their salaries since August

    GUWAHATI: ‘From Covid warrior to Covid beggar’- an illustration of a medical officer in a sad state- posted by one Pratyush Mahanta, a post-graduate (PG) doctor appointed at the Assam Medical College Hospital (AMCH) in Assam’s Dibrugarh, has been making rounds on social media as he alleged that several PG doctors working in the hospital were not being paid their salaries for last three months.

    In the tweet, Mahanta also posted a notice served by the AMCH authorities to vacate the hostels in which the PG doctors were residing so far and asked to make their own accommodation within November first week.

    His tweet on Wednesday reads: “Days without salary =89 and now a notice to vacate our hostels.”

    As per the order copy, since the state government has decided to restart classes from November, the PG doctors needed to vacate the hostels to make way for the undergraduate students.

    Finding no other way, the PG students wrote back to the AMCH Principal and sought consideration. “We would like to bring to your kind notice that suitable accommodations for such a large group of doctors are not readily available in the vicinity of the college. In addition to that our salary for the last 3 months (August, September, and October) has not been credited making the situation harder than it is. So we would like to request you to reconsider the order and thus allowing for streamline discharge of our duties,” the letter said.

    Reportedly, there were at least 65 of such doctors currently serving in AMCH.

    However, as per AMCH authority, it was mandatory for postgraduate students to vacate the hostel for the next batch after they clear the exams as they were salaried and can afford their own accommodation.

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