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Jharkhand health department likely to reduce service bond for postgraduate medical students

Ranchi: The state health department is likely to reduce the service bond amount for postgraduate (PG) students who are pursuing their specialty courses across medical colleges of Jharkhand.

The development comes after over 600 postgraduate medical students demanded that the state government should reduce the penalty as it crosses Rs 65 lakh.

A senior health department official said, “We have been approached by PG students from medical colleges located in Ranchi and Jamshedpur to reduce the bond penalty. The process is underway and we assure the students that it will be completed soon.”

A delegation of PG doctors had met state health minister Banna Gupta on Tuesday at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (Rims) and requested him to expedite their long-pending demands. The PG doctors have been demanding study leave for super specialty courses upon selection, reduction of bond penalty as well as its tenure and providing uniform senior residency to all PG doctors at medical colleges upon completion of their course.

Talking to TOI, president of Junior Doctors’ Association, Rims, Dr Vikas Kumar said, “We have been raising our demands for reduction of bond penalty as well as its tenure because many talented doctors from the state aren’t able to pursue higher studies even after getting selected. The reason being they do not have Rs 65 lakh to pay back to state government after completing their PG courses. Not only that, super speciality seats of our state colleges are going to candidates from other states as we are not getting study leave. We have a mandatory three-year bond period after completing our course.”

Banna said, “I have directed the officials to complete the technical formalities about the reduction of bond penalty. The other demands made by doctors need to be examined keeping the healthcare services in mind.”
The current bond period (compulsory service after post-graduation) is of three years and the doctors can be posted at any state healthcare facility in Jharkhand. If one wants a waiver, he/she has to pay Rs 30 lakh as well as the entire three-year stipend that they received during their three year course which comes to around Rs 65 lakh.

Meanwhile, the postgraduate students are hopeful that the state will consider their other demands too.

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