Correspondent

CUTTACK: While an estimated 4,000 posts of government doctors are now lying vacant throughout the State, the Orissa Public Service Commission (OPSC) is finding it difficult to pick up at least 550 doctors for which an advertisement was published earlier this year.

The Commission had come out with an advertisement to select 556 posts of assistant surgeons for which only 903 candidates had applied.

But the Commission, after scrutiny, could find only 607 applications valid and all of them were called for the interview.

Results

After the interview that was held in September this year, the Commission on Wednesday came out with the results.

“Only 408 candidates are qualified for the post of assistant surgeons while 148 posts would now lie vacant,” said an OPSC official here.

According to sources, there was a scarcity of SC and ST candidates for which such a large number of posts would now remain unfulfilled.

While all the posts in the general category are now going to be filled up, at least 60 to 70 percent posts in the reserve categories would fall vacant, sources added,

For lack of sufficient medical colleges in the State and more abysmally, insufficient seats in government teaching hospitals with many MBBS seats in private medical colleges lying vacant, the State is now facing a dearth of doctors to man its government hospitals, more particularly in rural pockets.