The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to hold walk-in-interview to fill a huge number of vacant seats for doctors. It approved a policy for transferring doctors and proposals for investment of Rs 5297 crore in two different projects in Noida.
The state cabinet meeting chaired by UP CM Yogi Adityanath also approved a monitoring system to check time and cost overruns in the implementation of development projects. Under the system, preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) and mentioning of start date and end date of projects along with allocation funds etc. will be made compulsory.
As per the Minister for medical and health Siddharth Nath Singh, out of 18382 posts of doctors, 7348 were vacant. These included 4598 level-1 vacant posts of doctors who are posted at the community health centres (CHCs) and primary health centres (PHCs). The state cabinet’s approval to walk-in interviews to fill vacant posts and the first ever transfer policy was a revolutionary step that would bring about transparency in medical and health department, he said.
The retirement age of specialist doctors has also been raised on January 13, 2014, from 60 years to 65 years in hopes of filling the vacant posts. However, this only helped in retaining 298 specialists. The state cabinet has come to a decision to divide these 1000 posts to 500 specialists and 500 MBBS doctors.
A three-member committee headed by DG, medical and health, with principal secretary, medical and health, will be constituted to make appointments through walk-in interviews. Principal secretary, medical and health, will nominate the third member of the committee. Doctors appointed through walk-in interviews will be designated consultants and will not be given any administrative work. Appointment of consultants will be made for one year and might be extended for one more year.
UP’s 75 districts have been divided into four categories. Category A with most in demand districts like Lucknow, while districts like Lalitpur and Chitrakoot etc. that are less in demand falling in D category.