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Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on June 24, 2015 directed the state health and family welfare department to initiate strict legal action against the PG doctors for violation of the terms and conditions of their agreements. He also stated that such cases of violation would also be taken up with the Medical Council of India.
As his term is about to end and the ruling party is facing widespread dissidence, Mr Tarun Gogoi is working towards maintaining order in the state. However, the veteran Congress leader, who has been ruling Assam for the last 14 years, did not show his aggressiveness until today by issuing a strong order against the government employed post-graduate doctors who have failed to fulfill their commitments.
According to a statement issued, 244 doctors who completed their medical course in the year 2014 were not working in any State government run medical colleges or NHM, violating the specified terms & conditions.
“As per the Assam Medical Colleges (Regulations of Admission into PG Course) 2006, a doctor after completion of his/her PG course has to serve under State Government for a minimum period of 10 years in any State Government service in the Health and Allied Sector including NHM,” said a statement issued by Assam CMO.
It also added that in case of any breach of terms & conditions, defaulting doctors are liable to pay an amount of 20 lakh as compensation to the State government on account of the expenses borne by it for the doctors in pursuing the post graduate course.
“In case of failure to pay the compensation, the Government of Assam is at liberty to file money suit and to take any other legal action against the defaulting doctors", added the statement.
The PG doctors have to sign an agreement with these terms and conditions at the time of admission in the courses. Gogoi argued the general public is deprived of proper medical services in the government health institutions.