GUWAHATI: In a unique initiative, government has decided that fresh medical graduates from 11 north eastern and northern states would get additional marks in the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination if they serve in rural areas of their states.
The states include Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. “I belong to Jammu and Kashmir, which is akin to the northeast. We have the same militancy, insurgency, problems of aloofness, inaccessibility, hills and difficult terrain,” Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
“The 11 states have been clubbed and given them the special concession. Doctors interested in post graduation can get 10% extra marks in the national PG test if they work for one year in the most inaccessible and difficult area of their state,” he said. Those working for two years would get additional 20 per cent marks and 30 per cent for those serving three years.