Odisha revises bond policy to encourage doctors to serve within State

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In an endeavour to encourage qualified medical experts to serve people within Odisha, the State Government has revised the medical bond policy for post-graduation and super speciality courses.

According to the revised policy which comes into force from this academic year, the penalty amount will be Rs 1.5 crore for medical PG and Rs 2 crore for super speciality students. Earlier the penalty amount was Rs 36 lakh for medical PG.

As per Health and Family Welfare Minister N K Das the decision was taken in the wake of a majority of students leaving the state after completing their post-graduation.

“Odisha has been spending huge amount of money for each student, and they should serve the state for at least two years,” Das said.

He said the government has already made it mandatory for all students of state-run medical colleges to practice in the state for a minimum of two years.

The bond policy is compulsory for all candidates seeking admission in government medical colleges, either under state quota or the all-India quota, and in postgraduate medical or dental courses.

The policy, however, lapses on its own if the state government fails to provide employment to a candidate within six months of completing the course, officials said.

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