30,000 nurses face revenue recovery

No end, yet, to the woes of the nurses in private hospitals. After a series of agitations for minimum wages, they now find banks are initiating revenue recovery process due to non-payment of their educational loans.

According to estimates of the revenue department, some 30,000 nurses have been issued notices for revenue recovery proceedings in the state in the last three months.

V.A. Jabeer of Wadakkancherry, who, despite having a nursing job here, left for Dubai on a visiting visa the other day as he can’t repay the education loan.

“I took an educational loan of Rs 3.7 lakh in 2008 from Canara Bank and despite paying back Rs 1.5 lakh, I was told by the bank the other day that I still need to pay Rs 6 lakh and I was also issued an RR notice.

After my appeal, the government granted me time to pay back the money in 51 installments. But then I will have to repay Rs 13 lakh with interest,” he said.

Jasmin Sha. M, president of United Nurses Association, said the drying up of the job market in the Gulf as well as in the West had put paid to the hopes of a large number of nursing graduates who took loans to pursue their studies.

For those who got jobs in Kerala, the salaries are so low that they can’t meet the repayment schedule. Forty-six members of UNA received revenue recovery notices in the last one month.

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