The Calcutta High Court today extended the stay on counselling of government doctors for postgraduate courses and directed the state government to complete the counselling for the same by May 31.
A Division Bench of Justice Pratap Kumar Roy and Justice Subal Baidya,while delivering the order,said the selection should be made according to merit and no working doctors of state health services would get extra marks for serving in hospitals located in remote and difficult places as stated in the notification issued by the state government in November 2011.
Criticising the state government,the Division Bench held that the notification was prima facie irrational and arbitrary in nature as it did not define remote and difficult areas properly.
On November 23,2011,the state government had issued a notification stating that the doctors of the state health services working in remote and difficult areas for one year would get extra 10 per cent marks in the MD entrance examination. The candidate would get maximum extra 30 percent marks for serving in the remote areas for a period of three years,it added.
Now,no candidate working in hospitals in those areas will get any extra marks in the MD entrance examination,according to the interim order passed today.
The notification also described several areas of the 13 districts of the state as remote and difficult areas. Few districts were also entirely declared as remote and difficult areas,according to the notification.
Several doctors challenged the notification in the Calcutta High Court.
Hearing the arguments of both sides,the Division Bench wondered how could the entire districts of Bankura and Birbhum were declared remote and difficult areas.
The case will come up for final hearing after the summer vacation.