HP CM Decides to Raise Monthly Compensation for Operation Theatre Assistants
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced an increase in the monthly honorarium of Operation Theatre Assistants (OTAs) working in medical colleges in the state. The honorarium will be raised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000. Additionally, the state government will raise the honorarium of OTAs working on an outsourced basis as well as paramedics.
During an annual fest at IGMC Shimla, Sukhu inaugurated the online registration and renewal portal of the State Allied and Healthcare Council (SAHC). This move aims to provide various benefits to allied healthcare professionals and make the Council’s operations paperless and more efficient. The SAHC, previously known as the Himachal Pradesh Paramedical Council, is responsible for regulating allied health professionals who offer diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services in the healthcare sector.
The new portal allows around 9,000 professionals to access services such as new registration, renewal, and NOC application from the comfort of their homes. The Council will issue a QR code-based smart card and certificate to each allied health professional after completing the verification process. The digitization of old records is also underway to expedite application processing.
In addition to these initiatives, Chief Minister Sukhu revealed plans to establish a state-of-the-art center of excellence for cancer treatment in Hamirpur, with an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore. He emphasized the government’s focus on creating employment opportunities in the healthcare and allied sciences sectors.
Furthermore, to promote cultural activities among science students, the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs one lakh. The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, highlighted the government’s efforts to strengthen health services and infrastructure using modern information technology. He emphasized the importance of high-skilled professionals and assured that the government is actively addressing this need.
The Secretary of the State Allied and Healthcare Council, Vinod Chauhan, stated that this initiative would reduce manpower costs, improve efficiency, and ensure effective resource utilization. Overall, these developments aim to enhance healthcare services and provide better support to healthcare professionals in Himachal Pradesh.