Bihar: Ayush doctors to get pay hike equal to modern medicine doctors

Ayush (Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy) doctors will now be given salary on par with doctors of modern medicine. 

This decision came December 7, 2018 bringing relief to whole fraternity of ayush doctors, statewide.

After cabinet’s decision, it got nod from the health department. According to National Rural Health Mission (NHM) and Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) following are the rise:

  • Ayush doctors to get a 5% annual increase with a monthly honorarium of Rs.44,000
  • Lecturer and Health officer of Ayush college to get 10% annual rise with monthly honorarium of Rs.75,000
  • The reader to get 10% rise with a monthly honorarium of Rs.86,500 and
  • The Chair to get 10% rise with a monthly honorarium of Rs.1,32,500.

The rules and conditions of services are same for both Ayush and general doctors except their salary. The state wing of Ayush Medical Association (AMA) was demanding the increase in salary of Ayush practitioners working in government facilities be made equivalent to MBBS doctors. 

According to health department reports, there are 1,384 ayush doctors currently posted at different primary health centers (PHCs) and additional primary health centers in the state. These doctors work under National Rural Health Mission. 

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