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Ban on private practice of doctors: Cabinet defers decision for 3 months
SRINAGAR, May 31: The state cabinet did not take any decision today on a proposal regarding ban on private practice of doctors.

The cabinet favoured a decision after three months on the issue. However, it strongly advocated strengthening the infrastructure in the government hospitals before taking a decision on the ban. The cabinet also directed the concerned departments to have a detailed discussion on the issue including taking a legal view before forwarding the fresh proposal to the cabinet after three months.

“The cabinet ministers felt that there should be further discussion on this sensitive issue. The ministers also stressed upon that no decision should be taken in hurry and the matter needs further discussion and consultation by the legal experts,” said a senior government official.

Sources further said that some ministers also suggested that people will face serious problems in absence of doctors in private clinics saying that government hospitals are already facing huge flow of patients and it will create a mess like situation in the government run hospitals if the ban is imposed.

In today’s cabinet meeting it was expected that superintendents of police in various districts would be transferred after the cabinet had failed to reach out to any consensus in their previous two meetings. But the cabinet again failed to take up a decision about the postings and promotions in police department to avoid any further controversy

Several ministers in the ruling coalition, National Conference and Congress are supporting the postings of their desired senior superintendents in their respective districts. The chief minister had called off a cabinet meeting when various ministers exchanged hot words over the posting of some police officers.

The cabinet however, took stock of the relief and rehabilitation of earthquake affected areas of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts, which suffered heavy damage during earth quake.

The sources said that cabinet expressed satisfaction over the relief and rehabilitation works going on in the earth quake affected areas. The cabinet stressed upon the need for proper monitoring of the relief process so that genuine people should get the chief minister’s relief fund.

During the today’s cabinet meeting, the present law and order was also discussed. The cabinet expressed happiness over the measures taken by the government to maintain law and order situation and to keep the ongoing tourist season incident free.

News Updated at : Friday, May 31, 2013
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