Serve rural area for 1 yr to get job: Assam govt to medical graduates

In a major move to boost the rural healthcare sector in the state, the government of Assam on Wednesday appointed over 700 doctors.

However, the job is given under one condition. As per the state government, all MBBS graduates will have to serve for a minimum of one year in rural health centres.

The Assam government had also declared that those who are not interested to serve in the rural areas would have to pay Rs 5.34 lakh as compensation.

Speaking on this, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “On appointment, they have to serve the first year in rural areas. That is the least they can do for the people and the government, which spends so much to train a doctor.”

The minister believes that such a proposal could completely change the whole scenario of the rural healthcare sector of Assam.

Sarma also added that Rs 25,000 per month will be given as salary to the doctors posted in the rural areas.

Apart from this, these doctors will also be given bonus marks in the PG exams for serving in rural and difficult areas.