Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, June 9
There will be no exam for second-year intermediate students because of the Covid pandemic. The decision was announced by State Education Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy here on Wednesday.
She said the Telangana government had decided to cancel exams considering the prevailing pandemic situation.
The Minister added that the state government would come out with new guidelines for the intermediate students soon.
Meanwhile, the junior doctors in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh today called off their strike after the YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy Government agreed to accept most of their demands. The Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors Association (APJDA) had served a notice to strike work and stay away from non-Covid-19 duties from today.
Health insurance for frontline workers was one of their main demands besides Covid-19 incentives for all junior doctors and security from untoward incidents in hospitals. The Andhra Pradesh government has agreed to provide Rs 25 ex-gratia to the families of all doctors who died on COVID-19 duty and bear the cost of treatment for doctors who contracted the coronavirus at any private hospital in the state.
Additionally, the Andhra government has assured to consult with the Union government to waive off the 10% tax deduction at source (TDS) on stipends for all junior doctors. The state has also assured that doctors will be provided medical insurance coverage under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), as well as increased security at hospitals to protect the doctors from assaults by patients’ kin, Dr. Rahul Roy, President of APJDA, said in a media briefing today.