Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday announced that doctors of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital with be paid on a par with their counterparts in AIIMS, New Delhi, given that they quit private practice.

Sarma was replying to a question by Dhing MLA Dr Aminul Islam during the ongoing Budget Session of Assam Legislative Assembly. He said that the move is aimed at transforming GMCH into a super-speciality hospital and bringing a paradigm shift in the medical services sector of Assam.

The new pay scale will be applicable from Bohag Bihu. According to reports, the health minister informed that those doctors who refuse to give up private practice will have to voluntarily resign.

Sarma said that the state is facing an acute shortage which will be reduced once all the proposed medical college will be completed and functional. Also, at present around 1,115 posts of the department are lying vacant across the state and the government will take steps to fill up all these vacancies.

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