The Tamil Nadu state government is likely to move the Supreme Court proposing amendments in the rules that will allow Tamil Nadu to retain 50% of the postgraduate medical seats from the state quota for in-service candidates for admissions this academic year. It will also recommend the court to direct the Medical Council of India to revise rules for postgraduate admissions so that the state can use its conventional methods of incentives while admitting students, said state health minister C Vijaya Baskar.
The TN selection committee is working on finalizing the merit list based on PG NEET scores. The counseling process should be completed by the end of May. The state has already submitted a representation to the Medical Council of India and the Union health ministry, he said. The letter was based on the detailed study done by the six-member committee headed by Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation managing director P Umanath. “We have presented a copy of the report to them as well. If we don’t incentivize our doctors, we will not have adequate staff in rural areas and services will suffer,” said the minister.
The committee has put 16 of the 32 districts in the state in the backward list because of an inadequate doctor-patient ratio, high vacancies in government departments or poor health indices. Senior public health experts like Mumbai-based T Sundararaman of the Tata Institute of Social Studies (TISS) say that incentive marks, higher salaries, and infrastructure development will encourage more doctors to work in rural areas.
On Tuesday, a group of doctors from Doctors’ Association for Social Equality led by general secretary Dr GR Ravindranath met Union health minister J P Nadda to request NEET exemption for the state quota of seats. “We have also sought reservations of seats for BC and MBC students like those for SC/ST students,” he said.