GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY WELFARE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2021
TO BE ANSWERED ON 07.12.2007
Strength of Doctors in the CGHS
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-
(a) the sanctioned and actual strength of doctors in the Central Government Health Service, as on 1st December, 2007, cadre-wise;
(b)the reasons for shortage in cases where the gap between the sanctioned and actual strength is more than 5 per cent; and
(c)the steps proposed to achieve cent per cent availability of doctors so as to ensure that health services in the country do not suffer?
THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
(DR. ANBUMANI RAMADOSS)
(a) The cadre-wise strength of four sub-cadres of Central Health Service (CHS) is as under:-
Sl.No. Sub-cadre Sanctioned Filled
1. Non-Teaching 775 614
2. Teaching 769 549
3. General Duty Medical Officer 3098 2438
4. Public-Health 78 53
(b) (i) During 2001 to 2005, there was no recruitment as per instructions of Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) in terms of which without prior approval of Screening Committee no direct recruitment could be made.
(ii) Further, the requirement for getting the verification of character and antecedent verified before the issue of offer of appointment was also responsible in considerable delay in filling up of vacant posts.
(c) (i) In the year 2005 the Cabinet had exempted the medical posts from the purview of Screening Committee. Thereafter, requisitions were sent to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to fill up the vacant posts and the posts are now being filled.
(ii) With the approval of Committee of Secretaries, provisional offers of appointment are now being issued to the recommended candidates pending verification of their character and antecedents to avoid delay in recruitment.
(iii) To tide-over the shortage, contractual appointments are also being resorted to where posts could not be filled on regular basis.