Replying to questions on the floor of the Assembly, the Minister said that one-year rural service had been made compulsory for doctors. As many as 437 vacancies in the rural service had been filled through a walk-in interview, but 212 vacancies were to be filled again.
Action would be taken against unlicenced medical shops functioning in private hospitals. The corporation formed for drug purchase would function in a transparent manner. Life-saving drugs would be provided free of cost to patients below the poverty line.
Industries Minister Elamaram Karim said a revival plan comprising restructuring of loans and one-time settlement had been drawn up for sick small and medium enterprises.