In the state Assembly during the Question Hour today, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur announces to hold walk-in interviews to recruit around 100 doctors for various medical institutes of the state.

Kaul Singh Thakur revealed that presently, 198 doctors (in the state) are completing post-graduation and Govt intend to recruit 100 of them. He also revealed that Govt will also recruit equal number doctors next year.

Medical institutes of State are currently struggling with staff crunch as apart from the doctors; state is also facing a shortfall of 844 male and 171 female health workers at various institutions. Thakur said that crisis of medical staff was acute in the rural areas as well, where the professionals are unwilling to work.

To deal with the problem and retained the doctors, the state government has hiked the salary of graduate doctors to range between Rs 26,200 to Rs 40,000, while post-graduate practitioners would now draw between Rs 50,000 to Rs 65,000, Health Minister said.

In his address, Thakur also accused the previous BJP government of failing to fill the vacant positions in the health department.