GUWAHATI, June 8 – Doctors serving in the rural areas and areas under the Sixth Schedule will now be given an additional allowance of Rs 4,000 by the State Government. Doctors serving in Dhakuakhana, Jonai, Sadiya and Mankachar sub-divisions will also be eligible for the allowance.
Further, the State Cabinet, on Thursday, also approved a non-practising allowance for doctors, who would voluntarily opt out of any sort of private practice.
“The Cabinet has decided to give 25 per cent of the basic pay to those who decide to give up private practice,” Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said during a press conference today.
Sarma said that the idea behind the move is to discourage private practice and also to provide incentives to those who have been serving the public sector with zeal.
The Minister also informed that 450 doctors were given appointment on Thursday.
Another decision taken at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting was related to setting up of a super specialty hospital at Amingaon.
“The State Government will sign a memorandum of understanding with Narayana Hrudalaya, Bengaluru, for the project. Under the provisions, 50 per cent of the patients would have to be treated on Central Government Health Scheme rates,” the Minister pointed out.