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U’khand mulls law to sack doctors refusing hill posting

None   August 08, 2014
First Published: 15:07 IST(8/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:12 IST(8/8/2014)

The state government is likely to enact a law that will permit it to sack doctors who do not accept their transfers and postings in hill areas.


The government will take up the matter in the next cabinet meeting likely to be held in a couple of days. Following the cabinet nod, the state government will table its plan in the assembly to legislate the act. According to sources, the law may include  mandatory postings in the hills for the doctors.

The step is being termed as part of chief minister Harish Rawat’s declared move to take tough measures to set the wheel of good governance in motion.

Rawat has been receiving complaints that many doctors were approaching the authorities with the request to deploy them in the plains instead of the hills where medical and health care need immediate attention.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, the chief minister said, “The government wants to make it binding on the doctors to work in the hill areas for a certain period of time.” He said, “tough decisions are needed in order to provide better medical services in all parts of the state”.

He made it clear that the state government was of the view that the services of the doctors who refuse to join postings in the hill areas should be terminated. He indicated that such a tendency could only be handled by brining in the law.

Rawat is apparently not happy with the attrition rate of doctors deployed in the hill areas.

More than 80% of the state comprises the hill areas where majority of population resides. However, the people here don’t get adequate medical facilities mainly as doctors refuse to posting in the hills.

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Two days ago, the state Congress unit demanded `4,000 crore financial assistance from the centre.
According to the central statistics office figures, the Centre released `4883.74 crores for the state in 2011-12. It released `4717.68 crores in 2012-2013. And in 2013-2014, it increased the assistance to `5418.60 crores.

Uttarakhand is one of the 11 Himalayan states which enjoy special category status besides Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
These special category states have to make part payment to the centre in lieu of getting funds for centrally-sponsored schemes.
Interestingly, on an average, central assistance has been substantial for the state though it has not helped Uttarakhand in increasing its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) which is total monetary value of goods and services produced by a state economy in a given year.
“GSDP depends on various factors like rate of savings and investments and overall business atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean the state does not need help,” said Surender Kumar, media in-charge for CM adding that the state needs more funds.
The figures for Uttarakhand GSDP growth at constant (2004-5) price (as on 01-08-2014) was 9.36% in 2011-12. It was 5.61% in 2012-13 and 5.65% in 2013-2014.
Sometime back Planning Commission constituted a committee to study development in hill states arising from management of forest land with special focus on creation of infrastructure, livelihood and human development.
The report of the committee was discussed in Internal Planning Committee meeting held in February this year.
A Planning Commission note claimed that IPC broadly endorsed the recommendations of the committee. The report has also been forwarded to states for further inputs.

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