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Ashwini Kumar Choubey seeks the help of CM Nitish Kumar to end the strike of Bihar junior doctors

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Junior doctors from Bihar’s government medical faculties were shot in the arm on Friday when Union Health Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said he would seek the intervention of Prime Minister Nitish Kumar to solve the problems that led to the strike.

Choubey was in Patna to open the two-day national seminar organized by the Government Ayurveda College and Hospital, Patna, on “the role of rasaushadhi in the management of Covid-19”.

The Union minister called on junior doctors to suspend the strike for the good of humanity in conflict, as he would soon speak to the CM and resolve their demands for an increase in their stipend.

About 1,000 junior doctors from nine state government medical colleges went on indefinite strike since December 23 in support of their demand for an increase in their monthly stipend. They demand an increase in the monthly stipend for the PG courses to Rs 80,000 in the first year, Rs 85,000 in the second year and Rs 90,000 in the third year. They currently get Rs 50,000, Rs 55,000, and Rs 60,000 over the three years, respectively.

Earlier, speaking at the seminar, the Union minister secured all possible help to develop the college as a national institution. He also said that his ministry would support the state government’s initiative to build another Ayurvedic institution in Rajgir.

Choubey praised the concept of Ayurvedic therapy and said that herbs have always played an important role in curing various types of infections since time immemorial. “Ayurveda and Yoga help human beings develop immunity against many unexplained diseases,” he added.

The principal of College Dineshwar Prasad, Superintendent Vijay Shankar Dubey and many leading Ayurveda experts from around the country participated in the seminar.

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