The Jharkhand government finally cleared the decks for extending the benefits of Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) scheme to 534 medical officers of the state, ending 16-year-long wait.
Under the scheme, doctors will get salary increments every
Director in-chief of the state health services Dr Praveen Chandra on Sunday said government had directed the department to provide the DACP benefit to the medical officers as soon as possible.
“Notification in this regard will be issued within 10 days. Doctors whose papers are cleared will first get the benefit. Others will get it on completion of their paper works,” Dr Chandra said.
However, the doctors and teachers from the medical education cadres working at the Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) and the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Hospital (MGMCH) will have to wait till finalisation of their ‘Service Rules’ to get the benefit.
But Dr Chandra said they too would soon get the benefit as their “Service Rules” were being finalised.
Interestingly, some selected teachers and doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi were given the DACP benefits in 2013 while their counterparts from the PMCH and the MGMCH were denied the same.
Benefit under the DACP scheme has been one of the major demands of the state’s medical officers since the creation of the state in 2000. After much-delay, the state government in 2013 had extended the benefit to a select group of 350 doctors and medical teachers, while ignoring the case of 534 others. Since then, medical officers from the state’s general health cadre have been on the agitation path demanding the benefit.
Only last month, medical officers held a three-day agitation over the demand.
In another major policy decision, the government also decided to promote medical officers with post graduate (PG) diploma degree, posted at the state’s rural health centres, as “specialist doctors.”
The health department has directed civil surgeons in all the 24 districts to submit a list of such officers who could be promoted.
Besides, department also revised contentious 12-hour ( 9am to 9pm) OPD duty shift of the doctors, reducing it to 9 hours (9am to 6pm). On the suggestion of the Jharkhand Health Service Association (JHSA), the government further decided to divide the shift between two doctors with one attending the OPD from 9am to 3pm while another from 3pm to 6pm.