Karnataka considers granting 5 marks to NEET PG Students involved in COVID-19 work – Minister Said. Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said on July 6, 2020, that the Karnataka state government is considering awarding 5 marks in NEET exam to all the medical students who have been involved in work during the COVID19 related works. The Minister further said that the government is also mulling to provide risk allowance to health workers who are working in the front line in this fight against COVID-19. Follow us to get daily updates.
Karnataka Minister Statement to grant 5 Marks to PG Students:
The Minister Said in a Press Meet that “About 2,000 medical students who are appearing for PG exams will be utilized for COVID related work. Apart from this final year nursing students and MBBS students will be deployed at COVID care centers. The government is also considering awarding 5 marks in NEET exam for medical students involved in COVID related work”. “A nodal officer has been appointed to oversee testing,” he added.
The Minister further informed that “State government is thinking to double the salary of Group D workers and provide risk allowance to all front line workers. A final decision will be made in this regard in 2-3 days. Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and all corona warriors are working tirelessly from the past 120 days. Naturally, this has taken a toll both physically and mentally and caused fatigue. Our corona warriors are vulnerable to infection and the additional allowance is a small step towards boosting their morale”.
The first case of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Indian state of Karnataka was confirmed on 9 March 2020. Two days later, the state became the first in India to invoke the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which are set to last for a year, to curb the spread of the disease. Till 6 July 2020, there have been 25,317 confirmed cases with 10,527 recoveries and 402 deaths in the state.
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