Benefits for doctors in Pavagada sought

Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR: V.S. Ugrappa, MLC and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary on Thursday urged the Government to provide special incentives to doctors posted in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district and ensure proper healthcare all villages.

Inaugurating a health check-up camp organised by Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram of Pavagada at Venkatapura Public Health Centre (PHC), Mr. Ugrappa said many posts of doctors in PHCs in the taluk are not filled up for several years. It is imperative that certain additional incentives must be given to doctors to voluntarily accept postings to the taluk.

Noting that a record number of 49,850 patients were handled by the Venkatapura PHC, after its maintenance was entrusted to the Sevashram in March 2003, Mr. Ugrappa lauded the services of Swami Japananda, President of the Sevashram, in the field of health.

He said he will take up with the Government the swamiji's demand for the construction of residential quarters for the doctors of Venkatapura PHC.

Mr. Ugrappa said Pavagada taluk tops the list of 39 most backward taluks in the State (as per the D.M. Nanjundappa Report).

The Government has sanctioned Rs. 9 crores for the development of the taluk, of which, Rs. 3 crores will be spent, this year.