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Talks on filling vacancies of doctors soon, says Minister

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There are some cases of doctors not reporting for work in rural areas: Cheluvanarayanaswamy

BANGALORE: The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, N. Cheluvarayaswamy, on Wednesday told the Legislative Assembly that he will shortly hold discussions with legislators to ensure an adequate number of doctors in all government hospitals.

Replying to the Leader of the Opposition, B.S. Yediyurappa and G.N. Bhat (BJP), he said the Government is doing its best to appoint as many doctors as it can. However, there are instances wherein newly appointed doctors do not report for work in rural areas.

Mr. Cheluvarayaswamy said he will hold discussions with the legislators and work out ways and means of filling the vacancies of doctors. The recruitment of doctors will be a continuous drive, he added.

Study of Kannada

The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, R. Ramalinga Reddy, who was replying to K. Jayaprakash Hegde (Independent), said the Government will write to the Centre to ensure that all CBSE and ICSE schools introduce Kannada as a compulsory language of study. Currently, the study of Kannada is optional and it is taught at the primary school level.

To another question, he said the Finance Department on Tuesday granted financial sanction for filling the vacancies of nearly 6,000 teachers in government schools. A recruitment drive will be launched shortly and all the vacancies filled in about four months.

The Minister for Revenue, M.P. Prakash, told Manohar Tinekar during Zero Hour that the Government has ordered a survey by the Agriculture Department of the vast damage to potato and cotton crops during the rain in Belgaum district over the past fortnight.

Five persons died in rain-related incidents and the next of kin of each of the dead have been paid a compensation of Rs. 50,000 as per the guidelines of the Calamity Relief Fund. Compensation for crop losses will be finalised on receipt of the report from the Agriculture Department, he added.

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