Doctors in the state have plenty of reasons to smile.
The state government on Thursday granted the dynamic assured career progression scheme to doctors with effect from January 1, 2006. Almost 1,200 doctors in the state would be benefited from the scheme that provides three financial progressions after a stipulated service period.
Dr Ajay Kumar, the general secretary of the Bihar Health Services Association (BHSA), the organisation of 2,500 doctors agitating for introduction of the scheme, said: “Doctors who have completed 18 years of service in Bihar as on January 1, 2006, would be promoted to the post of chief medical officer. Those who joined service under the state health service up to 1987 will get three salary increments.”
The departmental promotion committee, headed by development commissioner S.K. Negi, took the decision at its meeting on Thursday. Earlier, the finance department had issued a notification to this effect in February this year.
Doctors in the state were getting the benefits of the scheme with effect from November 25, 2008, though the Fifth Pay Commission had recommended its implementation with effect from April, 2002. The fresh approval would enable doctors, who retired between January 1, 2006, and November 25, 2008, to also get benefit from the scheme.
The government’s prime motive behind approving the scheme with effect from January 1, 2006, is to make governmental service more attractive, as doctors are reluctant to join service in rural areas.
To make the package more attractive, the government has extended the scheme to the medical education cadre also. The doctors believe it may catch the fancy of quality medical teachers, who have so far avoided offers from the state’s medical colleges. This may also help the government’s proposed scheme of opening new medical colleges in Bihar.
Dr Ajay Kumar said: “These promotions would make the doctor’s job significantly fulfilling in Bihar, as without the scheme, the quantum of promotion that the BSHS doctors were earlier getting was only 10-12 per cent of the available strength.”