Thiruvananthapuram: Despite managements expressing strong dissent, the government-appointed Minimum Wages Committee on Thursday approved the proposal to hike the salary of nurses and other staff working in private hospitals.
Nurses will be paid the salary fixed at a meeting chaired by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on July 20. The panel also recommended to implement the revised wages with retrospective effect from October 1.
The expert committee approved the government proposal that nurses be paid wages ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000, depending on the bed strength of hospitals.
The representatives of private hospital managements opposed the proposal to give a hike ranging between Rs 16,000-27,000 to other hospital staffers as well as shift and training systems.
Labor commissioner K. Biju will submit a report, which will also contain suggestions and complaints from the stakeholders, to additional chief secretary (Labor) Tom Jose. The draft notification on the wage hike will be issued after scrutinizing the proposal. Complaints can be filed within 15 days.
The final notification will be issued after detailed discussions and deliberations.