Bangalore: The Karnataka government would
promulgate an ordinance to make it mandatory for MBBS
undergraduates and post-graduates to serve one year in rural
areas immediately after successful completion of the course.
In the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister DV Sadananda
Gowda accepted the suggestion of Dr Sharanaprakash Rudrappa
Patil (Congress), who highlighted the issue of shortage of
doctors in Mudhol community health centre in Sedam taluk and
the number of vacant posts.
"We will promulgate the ordinance after the session (which
concludes on March 30)", Gowda said as he acknowledged that
doctors don`t like to work in rural and backward areas, adding
the problem would be solved once the one year rural service is
In last week`s Budget speech, the Chief Minister, who holds
the Finance portfolio, said a legislation would be enacted on
making rural service mandatory but agreed to promulgate an
ordinance after Patil suggested quick action and enable its
implementation from the coming academic year itself.
Gowda, in the Budget, had said MBBS undergraduates and
postgraduates would be made eligible for permanent
registration with Karnataka Medical Council only after they
serve one year in rural areas.
The government also proposed to hike penalty rates for
MBBS and post-graduate doctors who avail concessional seats in
government colleges and government seats in private colleges
but opt not to serve the government after successful
completion of the course as stipulated in the relevant rules.
Meanwhile, Primary and Secondary Education Minister
Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri said the government would be
implementing the Right to Education Act in 2012-13.