Cabinet approves proposal to initiate PG Diploma courses for MBBS graduates

Shillong, Dec 7: Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today informed that the cabinet has approved a proposal by the Health Department to set up a training institute for MBBS graduates for specialisation in various fields.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted that the proposal to initiate Post Graduate Diploma Courses for Diploma in Child Health & Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics was approved by the cabinet to reduce maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and Infant mortality rate (IMR).

He informed that the decision was undertaken due to a shortage of specialist doctors in the state, adding that the state has a shortage of 121 specialist doctors.

“The government will set up a training centre which is recognised by the state, and the duration is for 2 years. After completion they will be a specialist,” he said.

The deputy chief minister added that only persons from the state will be eligible for PG Diploma courses under the training centre.

He stated that the Diploma will not be a full-fledged Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Master of Science (MS) course but the degree will be accepted as a ‘specialist’ in the state.

The Cabinet also approved a draft of Meghalaya Procurement Preference Policy for Micro and Small Enterprises, 2020. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted that it will encourage the setting up of Micro and Small enterprises and promotion of local products from the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the cabinet has also approved few amendments to Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Concession Rules 2016.

This includes permission to extract mines and minerals from the agricultural field for the betterment of agricultural land with proper lease and extraction of Mines and Minerals which is incidental in nature.

The draft rules for Meghalaya Identification, Registration (Safety and Security) of Migrant Workers Act, 2020 was also approved by the cabinet.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that once the rules were in place, registration of migrant workers will take off. 

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