In Maharashtra’s rural and tribal areas, doctor-patient ratio is quite adverse. Doctors don’t prefer to offer their services in rural areas. Owing to which, several people living in rural and tribal areas are often left without medical facilities.
In order to fulfil the doctor-patient gap and to provide better medical facilities to the rural and tribal population, the Maharashtra government has decided that students who are studying in government aided and unaided colleges, but receive scholarship from different government departments will now have to serve one year bond services.
As per the states circular:
- MBBS students those who receive scholarship from various departments, will now have to serve one year bond service
- This will be applicable from the academic year 2018-19
- Those who are not availing the scholarship will not have to serve the bond
- Those student who will fail to comply with the state, will have to pay scholarship given to them with interest to the state
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Director of States Medical Education and Research Dr Pravin Shingare said, “There is a scarcity of doctors in rural areas. The state provides grants and scholarship to the student towards their education fees. Scholarship which is given to the students is from the people’s money. That is why the decision to make bond compulsory has been taken.”
In Maharashtra, numbers of posts are vacant in rural and tribal areas. Doctors after completing their MBBS do not like to serve in rural areas. That is the main reason to increase the number of doctors in rural areas state has taken this decision.