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Posts in government hospitals and primary health centres to be filled soon
District Health Officers urged to take stern action against quacks
BELLARY: Minister for Health B. Sriramulu has reiterated the demand that the Centre recall Governor H.R. Bhardwaj.
Speaking to presspersons at Belagal village in Bellary taluk on Tuesday, Mr. Sriramulu, while complimenting Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for rejecting the recommendation made by the Governor to impose President's Rule in the State, said not just BJP, but even the Congress leaders were demanding that the Governor be recalled. Mr. Sriramulu said the Governor should eschew his “ego” that he was a “constitutional expert”, especially after his recommendations were turned down by the Centre twice.
He said the process of recruiting doctors to fill vacant posts in the government hospitals and primary health centres was going on.
Within a month, around 500 doctors would be recruited and posted. According to him, there was a shortage of 800 doctors in the State and amendments had already been made to the Cadre & Recruitment Rules.
With regard to the demand by Registered Medical Practitioners to consider them on a par with MBBS doctors, as had been done in States such as Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, Mr. Sriramulu said he had asked officials of the Health Department to study the model in other States and submit a report, based on which suitable action would be taken.
He also said that District Health Officers had been instructed to initiate stern action against the quacks found practising in their respective districts. Mr. Sriramulu, who laid the foundation stone of the PHC in Belagal tanda, set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 86 lakh, said six PHCs in Kampli, Moka, Rupanagudi had been upgraded as community health centres. Mr. Sriramulu said the Deputy Commissioners had been asked to take steps to procure paddy at a minimum support price along with the incentive of Rs. 160 announced by the Centre and Rs. 100 announced by the State.
He also urged the Centre to concede the demand of the paddy growers to permit export of Sona Masuri rice, a popular variety grown in Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts. A delegation from the Government would meet the Union Agriculture Minister in this regard, he said.
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