To address the prevailing deficit of doctors in rural areas,the state government has introduced a bond of Rs 10 lakh at the post-graduation level to ensure that students passing out from government medical institutes serve at least for 3 years in villages. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. At the graduation level,the bond amount has been increased from 1.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
This has been done to address the deficit of doctors at public health centres in villages and civil hospitals in cities, said Health Minister Nitin Patel. At present,the government has been facing the deficit of around 30 to 40 per cent doctors,he said.
The bond system at the PG level has been introduced on the lines of Maharashtra,Karnataka and Punjab. The minister added,Almost 70 per cent of passing medical graduates used to pay up the bond money of Rs 1.5 lakh rather than serving in rural areas. To turn around the situation,the government has increased the bond amount. This will be applicable to over 3,000 medical seats in government colleges.