The Nagaland health department has issued a clarification on media reports claiming that newly-recruited COVID19 doctors have remained “unpaid and denied salaries for months”.

Reacting to the news reports, the Nagaland health department clarified that “after proper inquisition at district level that the salaries in respect of temporarily engaged 87 MOs & 10 junior specialists have been disbursed up to March 2021”.

In the clarification, Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao, principal director of the directorate of health & family welfare, Nagaland said: “Salary bills for April and May 2021 are already prepared and will be released by 1st week of June 2021 along with the rest of the employees.”

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The salary bills are not prepared for incumbents till joining/charge report is submitted, the principal director of the health department clarified.

The principal director of health has asked all the 56 doctors, temporarily engaged in May 2021, to submit the joining/ charge report by May 31, 2021.

“Further, it is also to inform to all the 56 doctors temporarily engaged in May 2021 to submit the Joining/ Charge report by 31st May 2012 to enable release of remuneration,” Dr Khimiao said.

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