NMC doctors to get pay hike for curbing private practice

NAGPUR: In a significant move the Standing Committee of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) green signalled a proposal to pay 35% of doctors’ basic salary as Non-Practising Allowance (NPA).

The Committee later forwarded the proposal to the NMC’s House for its approval before the civic administration gives special allowance. The move is aimed at discouraging doctors attached to NMC-run hospitals from engaging in private practice.

Standing Committee Chairman Ramesh Shingare said the civic administration submitted the proposal to allow it to pay NPA to 29 doctors out of 31 permanent ones.

The increase in basic pay of doctors would burden the NMC’s coffers by around Rs 36 lakh per year. However, the NMC bosses have put a condition that the doctors’ total salary should not exceed Rs 85,000 a month. At least 20 NMC doctors out of 31 in their affidavits have stated that they didn’t practice outside the civic body hospitals.

The Standing Committee also gave its nod to Public Works Department’s three proposals for tarring of roads worth Rs1.33 crore in different areas.