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Over 1,400 docs paid `21cr to escape rural service

DNAHM128871 | 7/8/2019 | Author : Smitha R | WC :522 | Health

They paid the bond as they chose to opt out of compulsory service in rural areas

In what is a reflection of the doctor shortage in the rural areas of the state, the government in the Assembly admitted that in the last two years 1,490 MBBS doctors who passed from government medical colleges chose to pay up than serve their time in rural areas. The government in fact earned Rs 21.85 crore in the last two years by way of bond collection from doctors who opted out of the compulsory service in rural areas.
As per the state government rules, MBBS students of government medical colleges have to sign a bond at the time of admission promising to serve in rural areas for three years failing which they have to pay Rs 5 lakh.
Rs 21.85 crore is a substantial figure given that between the year 2009 and 2014 students had
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