The Himachal Pradesh Medical Officers' Association (HPMOA) called upon Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during his visit to Nurpur recently and urged him to repeal the mandatory Rs 10 lakh bank guarantee clause for students who want to study medical education. The association told CM Thakur that mandatory bank guarantee of Rs 10 lakh is acting as a deterrent to students willing to take up medical science as most of them belong to humble backgrounds and it is almost impossible for them to pledge such a huge amount.
"The difficulty in pledging the bond money is leading to a sense of anguish among the students. This is taking a toll on their mental health and studies. Hence we urged the CM to consider early abolition or reduction of the bank guarantee amount,” Press Secretary of HPMOA, Kangra district, Harshvardhan Singh said.
President of HPMOA, Kangra district, Sunny Dhiman said,"We (the association) also demanded the immediate release of three months pending stipend and salaries of postgraduates at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda. The Chief Minister and Health Minister Vipin Parmar have assured us that these issues are under active consideration of the government and shall be resolved soon.”
Dhiman said that the Health Minister later directed principal of Rajendra Prasad College to immediately release dues. In a similar case, the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the month of May this year had stayed the mandatory conditions under which candidates had to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh or mortgage an immovable property of equivalent amount for taking admission in medical post graduate courses.