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Ayurvedic Doctors Entitled To Be Treated At Par With Allopathic Doctors Under NRHM/NHM Scheme : Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 29 Mar 2022 12:27am

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed the Uttarakhand High Court's decision that Ayurvedic doctors will be paid at the same rate as allopathic and dental medical officers under the NRHM/NHM Scheme.

Justices Vineet Saran and J.K. Maheshwari of the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal against the High Court's decision.

However, this has been explained -

"However, we may only clarify that the respondents who are Ayurvedic doctors will be entitled to be treated at par with Allopathic Medical Officers and Dental Medical Officers under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM/NHM) Scheme."

Factual Background 

The National Rural Health Mission ("NRHM"), a sub-mission of the National Health Mission ("NHM"), was launched by the Union Government in 2015 to offer accessible, affordable, and high-quality health care to the rural people. Between 2010 and 2013, the responders worked for the Mission as Medical Officer, Ayush, on a contract basis. They were made members of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). Under the NRHM, the Uttarakhand State Government also hired contractual Allopathic, Dental, Ayurvedic, and Homeopathic Medical Officers. The salaries of allopathic and dental doctors differed significantly from those of ayurvedic and homoeopathic doctors. The responders had made representations requesting salary equity, but they had been unsuccessful. While rejecting their claims, the concerned authorities stated that they were not entitled to parity because they were working on a contract basis. The respondents had taken their grievances to the Uttarakhand High Court.

Contention Raised

The Ayurvedic Medical Officers (respondents) argued before the High… Continue Reading...

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