By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 28 Nov: Medical Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat stated today that the medical faculty posted on regular or contractual basis in the hills would be paid 50 percent extra allowances in addition to the salary. This would be applicable in the case of government medical colleges located in the hills. The decision has obviously been taken in view of the fact that medical colleges in the hills face a severe shortage of faculty in the state.
With this decision, the government is hoping that the medical colleges located in the hills will get adequate faculty as a result of extra incentive. Dr Dhan Singh Rawat also expressed hope that, with this decision, more specialist doctors would be willing to render services in the medical colleges in the hills.
Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat reminded that, despite a lot of efforts, professors, associate professors and assistant professors are not available to render their services at medical colleges located in the hills, due to low pay scale and adequate facilities. In view of the non-availability, the state government has decided to give 50 percent additional allowance to the faculty, both, regular and contractual, posted in the hills under the Medical Teachers Deficiency Compensatory Scheme. Rawat added that, at present, this additional allowance would be applicable in Government Medical College, Srinagar, and Government Medical College, Almora, established in the hills. In the future, it would also become applicable in case of any new medical college to be established in the hills. The allowance would also be payable to Professors and Assistant Professors. A corpus would be set up for the payment of this additional allowance, which would be managed by the principal of the medical college concerned.