State awaits prez nod for bill on rural stint for medicos

Minister of State for Medical Education Dr Sharanprakash Patil on Tuesday said the State government was in touch with the Centre to get the President’s nod for a bill that makes it mandatory for one-year rural service for medical students.

Patil expressed confidence that the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Course Bill, which was passed by both Houses of the Legislature in 2012, will get presidential assent within two months.

“Secretary-level talks are on... the bill has been cleared by the Health Ministry and the Human Resource Development Ministry. Clearance is soon expected from the Law and Home Ministry, following which the bill will get presidential assent,” Patil said.

The bill makes it mandatory for medical graduates to serve in rural areas for one year. They will be given their certificates only if they complete the rural stint. “Once the bill gets assent, all fresh medical graduates will have to serve in these hospitals. It will go a long way in making up for the present shortage ,” the minister said.

On the ongoing government doctors imbroglio, Patil said  government will offer them a “substantial pay hike.”

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