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5 Marks can be Awarded to NEET Aspirants Helping in COVID related work, Says Karnataka Minister, Dr K Sudhakar

Bengaluru: Karnataka State Government is considering awarding 5 marks to all the NEET aspirants who are aiding during the pandemic of COVID-19. On July 6, Dr. K Sudhakar said, “About 2,000 medical students who are appearing for PG exams will be utilized for COVID related work. Apart from this, final year nursing students and MBBS students will be deployed at COVID care centres. Government is also considering to award 5 marks in NEET exam for medical students involved in COVID related work.”

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Sudhakar also said that the state government is pondering on giving risk allowance to frontline health workers who are fighting day and night against the novel coronavirus.

In the live conference, Sudhakar further added, “The State Government is thinking to double the salary of Group D workers and provide risk allowance to all front line workers. A final decision will be made in this regard in 2-3 days. Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and all corona warriors have been working tirelessly for the past 120 days. Naturally, this has taken a toll both physically and mentally and caused fatigue. Our corona warriors are vulnerable to the infection and the additional allowance is a small step towards boosting their morale.”

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The decision in any regard will be given in 2-3 days. As per the stats, 1,925 corona positive cases were recorded on Monday, taking the total count in the state to 23, 474.