The Government of Odisha has come forward with a plan to revise the medical bond for courses at the postgraduation level as well as the super-speciality courses. The move has been made to keep the students who studied the course from dental and medical colleges of the state, to stay back work for the hospitals in the state.
N K Das, the Health and Family Welfare Minister stated that a trend had been forming wherein postgraduates, after completing their course at the government medical and dental colleges tend to leave the state to set their career. He further added that after spending tonnes of the state’s finances and resources, the Return of Interest to the state becomes negligible. He stated, it should be mandatory for the students to spend a minimum of two years working in the state, after the completion of their course.
While speaking to the media, he stated that a system will be put in place where the students will be asked to pay a fine or a penalty that could range anywhere in between ₹36 lakh and ₹1.5 crores meanwhile defaulters from the dental field will be charged ₹2 crores, if they leave the state, right after completing the course.
Das has also mentioned that the state-run medical colleges have already implemented the directive, wherein, it has been made compulsory for all the students to complete a minimum of two years of work experience from the state itself. Sources state it is important for all candidates who have taken admission at the medical and dental government colleges of Odisha, applied under either the state or the all-India to adhere to the rules and regulations as stated in the bond policy.
However, officials have stated that the policy will break if the government is unable to provide the students will be to go out of the state and look for jobs. Presently, they added, there a total of 4,000 different posts that have been lying vacant at the government hospitals because of the lack of medical staff. Along with the restriction of moving out of the state, the state government has also announced the possibility of increasing the retiring age of doctors in the various colleges for medicine from 68 years to 70 years.
Such a restriction on the aspiration of the student may not be well-received in the community, however, with such a huge lack of medical personnel in the state does not bode well for the citizens living in the state. Working for two years in the state could be a good opportunity for the students, with many vacant posts available in the state itself. However, it may push the student’s timeline a bit forward. Do you think the Government has made a right move?