Cabinet okays bill on quota for docs willing to work in tribal areas

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The State government has decided to create a special reservation quota up to 10% in undergraduate (MBBS) and up to 20% in postgraduate (MD or MS) medical seats for students who are ready to work in tribal and remote areas for a substantial period.

Mumbai:  The State government has decided to create a special reservation quota up to 10% in undergraduate (MBBS) and up to 20% in postgraduate (MD or MS) medical seats for students who are ready to work in tribal and remote areas for a substantial period.

This quota will be created within the existing admission intake capacity. Students will have to make their choices clear at time of admission.

A draft ‘Maharashtra Designation of Certain Seats in Government and Municipal Corporation Medical Colleges Bill’ prepared by the Public Health Department, was approved by the State Cabinet on Monday.

Candidates who opt for admission to these seats will sign a bond that after completion of course, they will serve in the government, ZP Hospitals or any government-run health centre situated in remote, tribal or difficult areas of the state.

According to the bill, the candidates must serve for five years immediately after completion of the UG course (MBBS) and for seven years after completion of PG course (MD or MS). This will include three years of residency period of the PG course.

Candidates selected under this quota for MBBS course will not be allowed to leave the course midway unless they pay the entire expenses incurred on them by the government and a penalty.

According to sources the period of service will be decided in the Assembly.

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