Bhubaneswar: In a bid to tackle the scarcity of doctors in the state, the state Health Department has revised the Medical Bond Policy.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said that as per the revised policy MBBS students of government medical colleges and hospitals will be bound to remain in Odisha for two years after completion of PG or Super Specialist courses.
“Students unwilling to remain in Odisha and serve under the state government for the stipulated time period of two years need to pay compensation. Under the new policy, PG students need to pay Rs 1.5 crore while those pursuing specializations have to deposit Rs 2 crore,’ said Das.
The minister said that the bond amount was earlier Rs 36 lakh. He also said that the new policy will come in to effect this year.
Earlier the state government has decided to increase the retirement age of doctors for contractual engagement from 68 to 70 years.