HP govt to increase stipends of medical internees
Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Thursday decided to increase the stipends of internees of three medical and dental colleges in the state from Rs 8000 to Rs 10,000 per month.

Stipends of internees of Indira Gandhi Medical College (Shimla), Dr Rajinder Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda and Dental College, Shimla will be increased.

The cabinet which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also decided to count the adhoc/RKS service for introducing a four tierpay-scales for doctors.

In order to ensure availability of services of specialists in various medical institutions in the state, the Cabinet also decided to make amendment in the policy of post graduation degree/diploma courses in government run medical and dental colleges of the State.

The mandatory service period in tribal areas of Pangi, Bharmour, Tissa, all medical blocks of Lahaul and Spiti, Medical Blocks of Chirgaon, Nerwa and Tikker and in Chohar Valley of Padhar Block for admission in PG courses has been reduced from two years to one year.

While in Bhabanagar medical Block of Nichar, Nirmand and Ani, Karsog and Jhanjeli, Pukhri, Choori, Kihar and Samote Medical blocks of Chamba, in Shillai and Sangrah, in Mahakal medical block of Kangra, in Nankhari, Matiana, Kotkhai and Kumarsain medical blocks the mandatory service period has been reduced from three years to two years.

The department also proposed to insert a provision that Medical officers who are proceeding to pursue PG Degree/Diploma under 1,2,3 and four years mandatory services condition will have to serve for one more year in the district hospital/civil hospital from where they proceed for doing the courses after completion of PG Degree and Diploma courses.

Besides, the mandatory service period in other medical blocks of the state, (excluding the above) the service period has been reduced to three years.

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Within the limits of Shimla MC and Solan Municipal Council and within Baddi-Barotiwala, Nalagrah notified areas the service period has been reduced from five to four years.

The cabinet gave its nod for setting up a medical college at Haroli in Una district in private sector and approved enhancement in bed capacity from existing 100 to 200 beds in district hospital, Solan.