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UP to give special Covid honorarium to frontline workers

LUCKNOW: The UP government has decided to give a special Covid honorarium, which works up to an additional 25% of salaries, to health workers, doctors, nurses, paramedical and housekeeping staff, sanitation workers, ASHA workers, anganwadi workers in recognition of their year-long work in battling the pandemic. The incentive would be given not just for days on duty, but would include their isolation period as well.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said, frontline workers had “set an exemplary example of service and compassion and the government will provide them extra emoluments as an encouragement”.
The government would also seek assistance from final year medical and nursing students and those in their first year of postgraduate courses, retired health workers, experienced doctors and ex-servicemen, who would be paid honorarium as per rules, said additional chief secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal, who attributed the move to the changing pattern of the second Covid wave and increase in beds to cater to the surge.
Officials in the state medical education department said, the government order will be issued soon.
Officials in the state medical education department said, the government order will be issued soon.The decision was welcomed by doctors and health staff associations. “This is a good move and will motivate the health staff,” said, Dr Amit Singh, general secretary of Provincial Medical Health Association. The nurses association also welcomed the step, but said service conditions should improve.

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