Published On: Wed, Apr 8th, 2020

No salary cut for doctors, healthcare workers: Centre assures SC

New Delhi: Centre today assured the Supreme Court that there will be no salary cut for government hospital doctors and other healthcare workers.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat, hearing through video-conferencing three petitions related to facilities and protective gear for doctors and healthcare workers amid coronavirus pandemic.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who made it clear that he was not opposing the prayers made in these petitions, told the bench that doctors and healthcare professionals are “corona warriors” and government is ensuring their protection and safety along with their family members.

He also denied reports about salary cut of doctors and staff of hospitals and said the Centre would write to all the states that no salary should be deducted for purchase of PPEs and masks.

“If anybody is doing something like this (salary cut of doctors and healthcare workers), we will send police,” Mehta told the bench, adding, “as an institutional response, we are doing this”.

Inputs with PTI

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