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Saifai dental college proposal scrapped

THE STATE Cabinet on Tuesday decided to scrap a proposal for setting up a dental college under the Rural Institute of Medical Science and Research, Saifai, in Etawah.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 01:11 IST

THE STATE Cabinet on Tuesday decided to scrap a proposal for setting up a dental college under the Rural Institute of Medical Science and Research, Saifai, in Etawah.

Instead, a state-of-the-art para-medical institute would be set up there, said chief secretary Naveen Chand Bajpai. He was briefing mediapersons about the State Cabinet decisions. The chief secretary said a decision in this regard was taken keeping in view the growing requirement of para-medical staff in the State.

Bajpai said there was a shortage of 29,000 nurses in the State. The State also had a shortage of 2,000 pharmacists, 17,500 X-ray technicians, 16,300 lab technicians, he said, adding the new institute imparted education in 12 disciplines that included nursing, pharmacy, pathology technician, radiology technician, physiotherapy technician, occupational therapy technician, optometry, cardiology technician, CT scan, MRI technician etc. A DPR would be prepared and submitted before the Cabinet for approval, he said.

The chief secretary said the Cabinet also decided to amend conditions of the service of government doctors appointed on contract basis to work in PHCs.

He said service conditions would be changed for new doctors to ensure that they attended their duty at the PHCs regularly.

As per the decision, such doctors would have to attend at least 20 patients per day. At places where a minimum number of patients were not available, the doctors would be involved in implementation of national programmes like controlling tuberculosis.

A deduction of Rs 500 per day, instead of Rs 100 per day, would be made from their salaries if they were found absent from their duties, said the chief secretary. The doctors were being appointed on a fixed salary of Rs 12,000 per month. New conditions would, however, be applicable only on new appointments, he said.

The chief secretary said the Cabinet also decided to introduce a new staffing pattern to government drivers, granting them four new scales to give them plenty of opportunities for promotion.

As per the decision, the government drivers would get four promotional scales from grade-4 to grade-1 in accordance with the recommendations of the chief secretary’s committee.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 01:11 IST