Cuttack: Orissa High Court has directed
the state government to act positively for implementing the
guidelines of Medical Council of India (MCI) from next year
while selecting candidates for medical PG seats in state-run
Allowing prayers of the servicing doctor petitioners,
the single judge bench of Justice M M Das yesterday directed
the state to ensure that the MCI guidelines were followed in
letter and spirit from next year as the examination process
for current year was already over.
The few in-service doctors had earlier petitioned the
high court seeking a direction for the government to implement
the MCI guideline, 2009, which made it mandatory that all the
MBBS doctors working under state-run hospitals in rural and
peripheral areas shall get 10 per cent incentive marks in PG
entrance examinations for each year of service in government
This incentive mark, however, shall not exceed 30 per
cent, the MCI contended.
But ignoring the MCI guidelines, Orissa government had
continued the PG entrance examinations for 2010 and 2011
without giving any incentive marks to those doctors who are
working in government hospitals located at far-flung areas.
The petitioners challenged the government`s move and
maintained that the government’s approach had created a dearth
of doctors, available to man the government-run hospitals.