The incentive marks will be awarded to the in-service NEET PG candidates for their service rendered in the remote difficult rural areas for admission to Post Graduate Medical Courses by considering their working places
Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu Government, via its recent notice, has notified about the incentive scheme for PG medical admissions.
The incentive marks will be awarded to the in-service NEET PG candidates for their service rendered in the remote difficult rural areas for admission to Post Graduate Medical Courses by considering their working places, according to the order recently issued by the state health department.
The working places are segregated into three categories on the basis of difficulties in working at these places. This comes based on the recommendation of the Committee constituted by the Government under the Chairmanship of Dr P.Umanath, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Medical Service Corporation.
The categories have been defined as Category A, B and C.
Category A consists of the most difficult areas to work in therefore the NEET PG candidates working in these areas are eligible for 100% of the maximum permissible incentive marks.
- All posts in all Government Institutions in backward districts with difficult areas, having low density of doctors, high vacancies and poor health indicators
- Posts in all CEmONC/Trauma/Accident/Emergency care/NICU/SNCU Units, irrespective of the location of such units in any type of institution, district and geography.
NEET PG Candidates working in Category B areas are eligible for 40% of the maximum permissible incentive marks. Posts in all Government Institutions, except such institutions coming under Category (A) and (C).
Category C Posts not eligible for any incentive marks. These include
- Posts in all medical college hospitals, except such specific difficult areas of functions as defined in Category (A-3)
- Posts in all Government Health Institutions located within municipal and corporation limits, except such areas defined under Category (A).
The in-service areas have been defined as the following:
- Difficult Areas in Hills – All Government Health Facilities in hilly areas are categorized as difficult areas in hills. These areas are covered by forests and mostly inhabited by wild animals where often wild animals stay into human habitations. Difficulties in transportation, difficulties encountered in acclimatization for people from plains and inadequate housing facilities deter doctors from taking up placements in Government Health Facilities located in these areas. As a result, vacancies persist in these areas categorized as “Difficult Areas in Hills”. Medical Officers serving in these institutions are eligible for incentive marks @ 10 per cent of the marks secured in NEET per year of service in these identified areas.
- Difficult Areas in Plains – All Government Health Facilities with poor accessibility, with their service coverage areas extending into the hills or reserve forests, located in foothills, backward areas are categorized “Difficult Areas in Plans”. Medical Officers serving in these institutions are eligible for incentive marks @ 9 per cent of the marks secured in NEET per year of service in these identified areas.
- Remote Area – All Government institutions with inadequate transport facilities due to the remoteness of the areas and difficulties in filling up vacancies are categorized as “Remote”. Medical Officers serving in these institutions are eligible for incentive marks @ 8 per cent of the marks secured in NEET per year of service in these identified areas.
- Rural Areas – Medical Officers serving in Government Health Facilities located in rural areas, except those institutions included under the categories of Difficult Areas – Hills, Difficult Areas – Plains and Remote Areas, are categorized as “Rural”. Medical Officers serving in these Government Health Facilities are eligible for incentive marks @ 5 per cent of the marks secured in NEET per year of service in these identified areas.
- Urban Areas (Municipal/ Corporation Areas) – Medical Officers serving in Government Health Facilities located in Municipal / Corporation areas are categorized as “Urban areas”. Medical Officers serving in these Government Health Facilities located in these areas are not eligible for any incentive marks.
Places to be provided Incentive marks
per year of
Faculties PHC/ Government Hospitals
in Hills (shown
in Annexure I)
|4||Rural Are(shown in Annexure IV)||5||1021||119|
*Annexure attached in PDF Below
Places not to be provided Incentive marks
|Category||Percentage of marks per year of service||Government Health Faculties
PHC Govt. Hospitals
|Urban Areas (Municipal
- To award 10% of the marks secured in NEET per year of service to the Health Officers who are working in Tamil Nadu Public Health Services for getting a Post Graduate seat in M.D. (Community Medicine) alone. The list of the Places identified for awarding incentive marks to the service candidate mentioned in para 10 above are annexed to this orders in Annexure-I, II, III & IV and the list of places for which incentive marks should not be given is given in Annexure V.
- The scheme for awarding incentive marks to the Medical Officers in Government Service / Local Bodies is subject to the amendment that would be brought in by the Board of Governors in Supersession of Medical Council of India for
the Post Graduate Medical Regulation, 2000 from time to time.
- The Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Director of Medical and Rural Health Services and the Director of Medical Education are directed to give suitable instructions to the District Level Officers (viz. Deputy Director of Health Services, Joint Director of Health Services, Deans of the Government Medical College and Hospital and the Head of the Institutions) while issuing the service certificate to the Medical Officers who are working in the places mentioned in the Annexures to this order, utmost care should be taken into account.
The Government Order (GO) is purely based on the Medical Council of India (MCI) rules.In the notification dated 5.4.2018, the Medical Council of India has among others incorporated the regulation 9(4) as follows:
The reservation of seats in Medical Colleges/institutions for respective categories shall be as per applicable laws prevailing in States/Union Territories. An all India merit list as well as State-wise merit list of the eligible candidates shall be prepared on the basis of the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test and candidates shall be admitted to Postgraduate Courses from the said merit lists only.
Provided that in determining the merit of candidates who are in service of Government. the public authority, weightage in the marks may be given by the Government/Competent Authority as an incentive up to 10% of the marks obtained for each year of service in remote and/or difficult areas or Rural areas up to the maximum of 30% of the marks obtained in National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test. The remote and/or difficult areas or rural areas shall be as notified by State Government / Competent authority from time to time.”
Against the above orders of the Government, certain in-service and non-service Medical Officers have filed Writ Petitions before the Hon’ble High Court of Madras. The HC among other observations held that the impugned Government Orders to be reviewed and the exercise in identifying the remote/difficult areas should be redone in a proper perspective manner in consultation with the Expert Committee. Further, the impugned Government Orders are held to be illegal and therefore, allowed the Writ Petitions.
Aggrieved with the HC order, the Government filed Writ Appeals before the Division Bench, which pronounced the orders as follows:
In view of the above, the Government is directed to complete the process of selection of medical Post Graduate Degree / Diploma Course in the medical education and proceed with the admission as indicated in the schedule for the academic year 2018-19. It is made clear that the weightage (incentive) by way of additional marks ought not to be extended to A3 category which as per the earlier conclusion, is not entitled to such benefit.
In the result, the Writ Appeals are partly allowed, the judgment of the learned single Judge is modified and the Writ Petitions are accordingly disposed of on the aforesaid terms. No costs. Consequently, all connected CMPs are closed.
“In order to avoid such recurrence in future towards categorization of Doctors who are employed in remote, difficult and rural areas for the purpose of benefit of additional weightage as envisaged in proviso to Sub-clause IV of Regulation 9, it is suggested that the Committee of experts may be headed by a retired Judge of the High Court. This is more so, when repeatedly such identification or categorization is put to challenge in the legal forum, so that the experts who are part of the Committee will have the benefit of legal acumen from the Judge concerned while making the recommendations for identifying the areas in tune with the proviso to Sub-clause IV of Regulation 9 and also in line with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and other High Courts. We do hope that the Government bear this in mind while constituting any further Committee/s for future academic years in respect of admissions to Post Graduate Degree / Diploma courses.”
The Government have examined the above orders of the Hon’ble Division Bench of the High Court of Madras and in the light of the time limit prescribed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for completing the counseling process and have decided to comply with the orders of the Hon’ble Division Bench of the High Court of Madras and to delete the Category A3 in the Government Order first and second read above (i.e. Posts in all CEmONC/ Trauma / Accident / Emergency care/NICU/SNCU Units, irrespective of the location of such units in any type of institution, district and geography). Accordingly, orders have been issued by deleting the above category in Government Order sixth read above and completed the admission process for Post Graduate Degree and Diploma courses for the academic the year 2018-2019.
Based on the observation made by the HC in its orders dated 17.5.2018, in para 39, the Government have constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Justice Thiru A.Selvam, (Retd.), High Court Judge of Madras in the Government Order seventh read above, to identify remote/difficult/rural areas for awarding incentive marks to the in-service Medical Officers for the admission to Post Graduate Degree / Diploma Courses from the academic year 2019 – 2020 in consonance with the Medical Council of India’s Post Graduate Regulations.
The Committee after careful examination submitted their report along with its recommendations. In their recommendations, the committee has concluded for awarding incentive marks to the Medical Officers who are working in Government Medical Institutions by classifying the institutions into five categories as mentioned below:
|Area||% of marks to be awarded|
|1||Difficult Areas in Hills||–||10 % of marks per year|
|2||Difficult Areas in Plains||–||9 % of marks per year|
|3||Remote Area||–||8 % of marks per year|
|4||Rural Areas||–||5 % of marks per year|
|5||Urban Areas (Municipal /
|–||No incentive marks|
The Committee further requested the Government to consider the following recommendations:-
I. To take up the issue of awarding marks on the basis of nature of work (Critical Life-Saving interventions demanding 24 hours duties like NICU, CEmONC, Trauma, Casualty) in addition to area-based incentives with Medical Council of India for bringing in necessary amendments in the relevant Act.
II. To reintroduce 50 per cent reservation for in-service candidates in Post Graduate Medical Seats, considering the fact that the Government of Tamil Nadu has decided to convert all Post Graduate Diploma into Post Graduate Degree courses in line with the decision of Medical Council of India to do away with Diploma Courses.
The Government examined the report of the Committee headed by Hon’ble Justice Thiru.A.Selvam, High Court Judge (Retd.) along with its recommendations made therein and the Government decided to accept the recommendation of the Committee.
Candidates are also requested to look at the List of Primary Health Centres in Difficult Areas (Hills) attached below:
for more details click on the link given below: