Graduates and postgraduates in physiotherapy can now apply for government jobs, U.T. Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, said here on Sunday.

After inaugurating the World Physiotherapy Day programme at M.V. Shetty College of Physiotherapy, he said, “We have changed the cadre and recruitment rules (CRR).

Earlier, only diploma holders in physiotherapy could join government service and graduates (BPT) and postgraduates (MPT) in physiotherapy had no chance.”

The rules governing appointment of diploma in physiotherapy (DPT) holders to government jobs were made 15 to 20 years ago, when there was no BPT and MPT course. The rules had been changed now to benefit more students, and people would get access to those who were more qualified, the Minister said.

M. Ramagopal Shetty, founder-secretary of Dr. M. V. Shetty Memorial Trust, said that if the government recruited graduates and postgraduates in physiotherapy there would be physiotherapists in taluk-, district- and State-level government hospitals.

Later, Mr. Khader told journalists that it was unlikely that people would be appointed to implement the Ksheera Bhagya scheme, under which milk is distributed to students in government and aided schools. Every scheme would have teething problems, and all of them would get resolved after some time.

It was the same with the Akshara Dasoha scheme, which began with no storage space for material, no LPG and no cooks, he said.

He ruled out providing compensation on the lines of the Kerala model to those affected by endosulfan.

If compensation was issued lump sum, nothing would reach the victims.

If the Kerala model was followed, only the agitators would be satisfied, he added.