Recruitment of 1,300 specialists, docs gets nod

The State Cabinet on Monday gave its nod for the recruitment of around 1,300 specialists and doctors in government hospitals through direct recruitment.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the Cabinet cleared the Approval of Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Services (Recruitment of Senior Medical Officers/ Specialist/ General Duty Medical Officer and Dental Health Officer) (Special) Rules, 2015, to pave the way for direct recruitment of doctors.

The breakup includes 983 specialists, 331 MBBS doctors and 87 dentists. The vacancies would be filled through direct recruitment instead of through the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC). Jayachandra said he had suggested at the Cabinet meeting that rural service be made mandatory for all doctors. The present waiver provision of paying a fine to avoid rural services should be done away with, he said.

File disposal

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took exception to the delay in the disposal of files in the State secretariat. The chief minister expressed his unhappiness and directed the ministers to take personal interest and hold regular review meetings to ensure speedy disposal of files.

Of the 1.94 lakh files pending disposal in the secretariat, only 61,098 files had been cleared. The highest number of files pending disposal were with the Revenue Department (18,930) followed by the Urban Development Department (1,408) and home (13,380).

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