Agartala: Four days after the leader of Opposition and former chief minister Manik Sarkar wrote a letter to state chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb asking him to recruit the unemployed doctors into the vacant posts of the health department, Deb in his reply has informed that steps for recruiting them would be taken in proper time.
Deb said that his government is positive towards developing the healthcare services and with positive thoughts about unemployed doctors in Tripura recruitment would be initiated by the department.
Earlier, a group of 400 graduate doctors under the banner of Tripura Unemployed Doctors Association in a statement said that they have been trying to meet the chief minister but did not get any appointment to discuss on their recruitment process.
According to the unemployed doctors the state has a total of 844 vacant posts for doctors and no recruitment have been done after March 2018.
Sarkar in his letter addressed to the chief minister on October 14 last said that the denial to reply to the unemployed doctors is ‘unexpected’ and ‘intolerable’ and urged him to initiate recruitment of doctors keeping their financial situation in mind, as many of them are under huge debt of education loans they took for studies.
Deb further said that a total of 121 doctors including allopathic, homeopathic, ayurvedic and dental surgeons were engaged with the public healthcare services for voluntary services including 61 MBBS graduates from Tripura. The engagement was done as per the MoHFW guidelines against the fixed pay of Rs 50,000 for seven days of service.
“…It was seen that despite having direct scope of rendering voluntary treatment services, most of the doctors didn’t take that opportunity….Stepping up for COVID treatment in public service is more important than meeting the Chief Minister”, Deb wrote in his letter.
Deb further informed that those doctors who are engaged in voluntary service of the COVID-19 patients would be given a grant of 10 marks during the recruitment process when done through Tripura Public Service Commission (TPSC). However, he did not mention when the recruitment process would be initiated.
He also said that the gap between the recruitment of doctors after graduation is not new and was prevalent before the BJP-IPFT government formed in March 2018 and asked the opposition leader to not confuse people as the issue is nothing new.
“A total of 274 doctors are engaged on contractual basis through National Health Mission (NHM) in addition to 139 MBBS graduates inducted through TPSC”, Deb added.