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HP to relax PG policy for docs

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Himachal Pradesh government on Saturday decided to amend Post Graduate policy for MBBS doctors and the decision is likely to reduce bond for pursuing higher courses.

A government spokesperson said the decision was taken in the cabinet meeting on Saturday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister (CM) Jai Ram Thakur.

“The Cabinet has decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors who pursue higher courses MD/MS degree or diploma, super specialty DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the state,” he said.

The bank guarantee for the doctors to pursue PG courses was earlier Rs 10 lakh. However, the Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers Association (HPMOA) had demanded to lower this. This will be a major relief for MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses who were facing hardship in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

A decision was also taken to fill up 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts on walk in interview to cope with the shortage of doctors and provide health care facilities to the people at their doorsteps, particularly in rural and far flung areas. The president of the HP Medical Officers Association (HPMOA), Jeewanand Chauhan has, meanwhile, hailed the government decision and thanked the government for considering the Association’s demand.

The spokesperson said, in another decision, the cabinet decided to procure four pulses that is Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the State Subsidised Scheme for procurement and distribution of pulses by revising the existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses.

The HP State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute an MoU in this respect. There would be saving of Rs 2.63 Crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses.

The Cabinet gave its approval to strengthen HP Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts with the assistance from the KFW Development Bank Germany by providing more requisite staff.

This project is covering 600 Panchayats of these districts for minimising and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

The Cabinet approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there.