Maharashtra Govt Offers 10% MBBS Quota For Doctors Willing t
In an attempt to ensure better healthcare facilities in rural India, Maharashtra cabinet on Monday proposed a bill to introduce 10 per cent reservation on MBBS and 20 per cent on medical post-graduation sets for in-service doctors who are willing to work in rural areas for five to seven years.

The Maharashtra government has decided to pass the bill to tackle the scarcity of doctors in government hospitals the interior parts of the state and bridge the doctor-patient gap in villages.

The reservation comes with the condition of mandatory completion of the course. Those who opt for the quota and fail to work in state-run hospitals after course completion may face up to five years of imprisonment and cancellation of medical degrees, a Times of India report stated.

“The decision has been taken to ensure that we have enough doctors to man the primary health centres and other rural health facilities in rural, hilly or remote areas. Students getting a seat under the quota will have to sign a bond,” said Dr TP Lahane, Head of Directorate of Medical Education and Research.

“Any breach would attract imprisonment if five years as well as cancellation of degrees. Only those with the state’s domicile certificate can opt for the quota,” he added.

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Speaking from medical as well as legal viewpoints, this is a fantastic decision/thinking, only if (1)the definition of what is ' rural area' is not ambiguous, (2)' rural area' that is sought to be helped is really interior ie around 50 km away from any town or city designated as such town or city under the existing law, and (3)the doctor/student who avails such a benefit is made to work in such rural area for at least around 20 years; this entire process, however, will have to cross the hurdle of Article 19 of the Constitution and also the hurdle of loophole such as some health-reason being used later on for avoiding the undertaking ie bond to work in such rural area. If these or similar are not the criteria, it will become an injustice to the other meritorious students who do not take benefit of such an option of working in rural areas.... Read more
Sep 28, 2019Like