New Delhi: The Centre is planning to make it
compulsory for medical students to serve in rural areas to get
MBBS degree in order to tackle shortage of doctors in
In an affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court, the
Health Ministry said it was taking all possible steps, which
includes special compensation package for doctors, to attract
them to serve in rural areas.
In a six-page affidavit filed by the joint secretary in
the ministry, the government has said promotion would be given
to doctors who serve in difficult areas.
"Compensation packages and introduction of incentive and
allowances for doctors practising in rural areas are being
considered by the government," the affidavit said, adding
compulsory rural posting for all medical graduates is also
The government`s response came on a PIL filed by a doctor
Meenakshi Gautam seeking its direction on allowing non-MBBS
persons to practise medicine to help meet scarcity of doctors
in rural areas.
Advocates Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva appearing
for the petitioner pleaded that the Centre and Medical Council
of India should be directed to introduce a short-term course
for training health care workers to overcome the shortage.