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Teachers & Doctors To Become Highest Paid Civil Servants In Bhutan: New Scheme Puts Health, Education At Top

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Health and education are undoubtedly the two strongest pillars for a modern-day democracy to flourish. Time and again we might have come across random social media posts reminding us of the worth of doctors and teachers in a thriving nation. However, in most cases, those are brushed aside as tenets of a utopian society, as teachers and doctors in India still continue to voice their grievances demanding better pay for a dignified livelihood.

While India might still need some time to grasp the idea, our neighbour Bhutan has already set an exemplary precedent by introducing a pay scale where teachers and medical professionals happen to be the highest-paid civil servants. Nearly 8,679 Bhutanese teachers and over 4,000 medical staff would be eligible for his benefit, states The Indian Express.

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Doctors get 45% hike, teachers get 35%+10% over basic pay

As per the Performance-Based Incentive (PBI) component of the latest pay hike, MBBS doctors have received a 45% hike on their basic pay while teachers have been offered allowances worth 35%+10% over and above their basic salary. The implementation of the scheme would result in teaching becoming the highest-paid profession in the country.

The pay revision scheme was unveiled in the cabinet on June 5, 2019.

The scheme will ‘overturn’ the bureaucratic hierarchy

A detailed report published in The Bhutanese highlights how this decision can ‘overturn’ the infamous bureaucratic ‘hierarchy’ that had developed over decades in the Himalayan country.

While declaring the scheme, the cabinet stated that the teachers and doctors are overworked but not properly compensated. It also highlighted how teachers play a key role to shape the future of the country while doctors are saving lives day and night. The pay revision was executed considering these factors.

 

Health workers also come under the ambit of the pay revision. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering acknowledged their contribution as invaluable. He also declared that healthcare is the priority of the government and they would continue to improve it in every way possible.

Incidentally, Bhutan’s Prime Minister is also a practising surgeon who treats patients for free on weekends and free time.

Efforts For Good take

Despite being a small country with a sparse population of 8.08 lakhs, Bhutan had been consistently making headlines for their exceptional efforts towards development. The country has been championing sustainable developments for quite a long time as well as prioritising the right causes rather than entertaining political propaganda. It is high time that India adopts a lesson or two from their immediate neighbours.

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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