Bombay High Court seeks data of medical students passing every year

Mumbai: In an attempt to find out the reason for availability of lesser number of doctors serving tribal communities living in remote areas of Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to submit a data spelling out the exact number of students, who crack the medical exams each year.

A division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni also asked the government to submit details pertaining to the rationing services provided to the tribal communities living in remote areas. The bench has also sought details of the medical camps, conducted by the government in such areas and also other steps undertaken by the state to bring down the high rate of infant mortality in tribal communities.

The bench noted that out of the total 54,262 sanctioned positions for doctors, more than 15,000 posts were lying vacant. The bench was further informed that the number of posts yet to be filled was huge because of the lack of facilities for these medical practitioners, who are posted in remoter areas. Having considered the submissions, the bench said, “We want to know the exact number of medical students who pass out each year. Let a data of the same be placed before us on Wednesday.”

“We also want to know about the rationing facilities provided to these people. What all is provided by the government to ensure there is no malnutrition in such areas,” the bench added. The matter will be next heard on Wednesday.

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