Assembly: Govt ‘will Process’ Increasing Age of J&K Doctors to 65



CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti Laying foundation stone of GMC at Islamabad.
CM Ms Mehbooba Mufti Laying foundation stone of GMC at Islamabad.

Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday said that “it will process” increasing age of state doctors to 65.

Responding to a question during Question Hour of current 2016-17 Budget Session, MoS Health Asiya Naqash said, “yes, we know that state has staff shortage but we will process it (increasing the age of doctors).”

She was responding to concern showed by Opposition lawmakers about shortage of doctors in J&K.

Notably, Union Government last week enhanced the age of doctors working in central sector to 65.

After getting praised from establishment of two AIIMS-type institution sin J&K, the MoS health was cornered over lack of staff at Jammu’s Super Speciality hospital.

“It is good that two AIIMS have been sanctioned or state but what are you doing about Staff shortage in Jammu?” NC’s Kangan lawmaker, Mian Altaf asked the government. This invited Mian bench thumping from right wing BJP lawmakers.

Responding to the concern as why foundation of Kishtwar Medical College was not laid, PDP’s Hazratbal lawmaker and MoS Health, Asiya Naqash said, “there was issue with Mutation papers but I think within next fifteen days, the issue is cleared and we will take up the medical college.”

Besides tow AIIMS-type institutions, J&K has been sanctioned five medical colleges. Foundation stone of three such colleges was laid on May 15, one each at Islamabad, Baramulla and Rajouri. Two more are yet to be commissioned.


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