Fifty four MBBS doctors appointed on contract bases left the job while government appointed 252 doctors including 16 specialist and 236 MBBS from April, 2013 to March, 2014 of which no one left the job. Government stated that it has formulated PG policy to attract doctors to serve in the state.
PG policy has made it mandatory for a specialist doctor to serve in the state for five years after completing a PG degree and diploma; otherwise he has to submit Rs. 25 lakh while same condition applies on doctors pursuing MD or MCH courses.
If he could complete the term, he has to submit a bond of Rs. 40 lakh in government’s favour. This was stated by the government in a written reply to a question posed by BJP’s Sarkaghat legislator Inder Singh. Government also stated that it was giving stipend to doctors’ service in hard areas.
Government was giving Rs. 40,000 per month to specialist doctor serving in areas under two year compulsory service- Pangi, Bharmaur, Tissa in Chamba district, Lahaul and Spiti district, Kinnaur district except Sangla, Pooh, Nichar and Bhawanagar, Chirgaon, Nerwa and Tikker in Shimla district and Chauhar valley of Padhar block in district Mandi.
For same area and service e condition, MBBS doctor use to get stipend of Rs. 25000. No monetary benefit is being provided neither to specialist nor MBBS for serving in Shimla town, Solan town and notified area of Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh (BBN).
Replying to another question posed by Bhoranj legislator Ishwar Das Dhiman, government stated those audit objections raised on the payment of relief fund are being settled. In a written reply, state government said Rs. 1.50 lakh per deceased is given as a relief in natural calamity as per the norms followed by state.
In a written reply to a question posed by Chamba legislator BK Chauhan, government said Supreme Court has stayed; the order of national green tribunal in wake of which tourism activities within the radius of 500 meters from Khajjiar Lake have almost came to standstill.