Bengaluru: The salaries of AYUSH doctors working under the National Health Mission (NHM) has been hiked to Rs 45,000 in Karnataka, according to medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar.

Addressing the media on Monday, Dr Sudhakar said that the state government will bear the cost of the hike in salaries of the doctors and added that ASHA workers too will get a hike in their pay soon.

“Normally, for those working under the NHM, 60% of the salary component is given by the Centre and 40% by the state. However, for six months, the state government will give the full salary component,” the minister said, adding that after that period, the state government would recommend a hike to the Centre.

Regarding the COVID-19 management in the state, he further said that testing will be increased in the containment zones.

During a meeting chaired by chief minister BS Yediyurappa, the education minister said that it had been decided that booth level committees will conduct door to door survey for early detection of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), and vulnerable persons.

He also implored private hospitals to admit and treat COVID-19 patients and asked them to not be hesitant in admitting pregnant women.

Karnataka on Monday reported 3,648 COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 67,420, informed the state health department.

According to a bulletin issued by the department, the state recorded 72 more deaths due to COVID-19 with the toll at 1,403 while six patients who tested positive for the infection have died due to non-COVID causes, as of Monday. There are 42,216 active cases in the state.