Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Applications overflow for docs' posts in paramilitary forces

13 Apr 2010, 1523 hrs IST,PTI
NEW DELHI: About 1,800 candidates have applied for a mere 18 posts of doctors in paramilitary forces, which are on a nation-wide hiring spree as they reel under an acute shortage of medical specialists.

While the government has initially decided to recruit 18 dental surgeons for the forces, a whooping 1,796 candidates have applied for the post of Assistant Commandant (dental surgeon) in different paramilitary forces like CRPF, BSF, SSB and Assam Rifles.

The average settles to almost 100 candidates per seat. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the nodal force for the recruitment, has put on record the "overwhelming response" it has received from across the country and has constituted six medical boards for interviewing the candidates.

"The response has been much more than expected...This is a good sign for the forces deployed in arduous conditions, as this would allow the selection of best candidates from the available lot," a top para-military officer said.

The move to recruit doctors in the forces assumes significance as the Home Ministry is in the process of raising a strength equivalent to 123 new battalions which would be coming up in the next two-three years.

"With the deployment of central forces bound to increase considering the internal security scenario, the number of doctors strength could be enhanced from the initial advertised recruitment drive," the officer said.

The paramilitary forces are filing up 259 vacancies for specialist medical officers, 283 posts for medical officers and 18 posts for dental surgeons.

"Incidents like Dantewada Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh that left 75 CRPF men dead constantly reminds us of getting the best medical care for troops on operational duties and otherwise," the officer said.

The new medical officers will be deputed in the combat ranks of Deputy Commandants and Assistant Commandants and can serve the forces for at least 10 years with a two-year probation period. The doctors will also accompany the battalions and units that move into operational areas.

"The attempt is to expedite medical facilities to men who get injured during action or otherwise. Heavy duty can only be done when there are good healthcare facilities," the officer said.

The specialist doctor vacancies are in the streams of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia, radiology, pathology, psychiatry, paediatrics and orthopaedics.

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