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UP IN ARMS: Nurses in Government General Hospital taking out a rally to protest against the low stipend being paid to them in Guntur on Monday.
UP IN ARMS: Nurses in Government General Hospital taking out a rally to protest against the low stipend being paid to them in Guntur on Monday.

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GUNTUR: The nursing students of Government General Hospital in Guntur, who have been agitating for enhancement of their stipend amount from Rs. 500 to Rs.2,000.

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The teachers’ MLC, K.S. Lakshman Rao, on Monday went to the agitating students and expressed his solidarity with their cause and promised to take their problem to the government.

Addressing the students in the GGH, he said that it was disastrous that the stipend amount fixed about a decade ago was not changed despite the steep price rise in the past few years.

He said that the government seems to be pre-occupied with the Telangana issue, which was not making its attention focussed on the issue, but he would meet the ministers concerned and get the support of the local ministers (from Guntur district) to get their problem solved.

The nursing students said that they were getting Rs.500 a month and were forced give away entire amount to the mess contractor.

“We are forced to bring money from our houses and buying books had become a distant dream,” the students lamented.

Meanwhile, at a press conference the MLC said that the government had allowed inter-district spouse transfers for the teachers, which was stopped in 2005. The government took the decision on Sunday and it would be implemented in the coming 15 days, he added.


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