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Over 5,000 jobless dental surgeons appeal J&K Govt to create vacancies

More than 5,000 jobless dental surgeons have appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Government to create vacancies as they are on the verge of getting over-aged.
Having high hopes from newly appointed Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha headed administration, the dental surgeons claimed that no post has been advertised since 2008 and more than 5000 unemployed specialists are running pillar to post to get absorbed in government-run hospitals.
According to sources, posts of dental surgeons in the Health Department were advertised last in 2008 and since then, more than 5000 dental surgeons, registered in J&K UT are jobless.
“Presently, 5500 dental surgeons are unemployed across the UT of J&K and every year more than 300 new Graduates (about 200 from J&K and 100 from outside) are piling up the number of unemployed with no hope of being accommodated by the government,” Dr Asif Iqbal Choudhary, President, Dental Surgeon Association, Jammu and Kashmir here told UNI.
He said, “out of the total number of dental surgeons, around 350 to 400 have also become over-aged.”
“Government spends surplus in raising dental infrastructure but, what is the fun when they cannot be absorbed,” he said adding that there is a dire need of dentists in the Primary Health Centers across the Union Territory.
“We have also met the Advisor to Governor R K Bhatnagar in Kashmir recently and highlighted our concern,” he said adding that there are about 15000 posts for medical doctors, but the number of posts for dentists is only somewhere around 550.
The file (number HD/Plan/68-2018) is only biting dust in shelves and moving from Health Department to Finance Department for the last three years without any progress, said the surgeon.
“Government has failed to advertise even a single post of Dental Surgeon in the UT since 2008, thus depriving a large chunk of population, particularly of rural areas, of oral health facilities and leaving thousands of trained dentists unemployed,” he said.
In 2018, he said that surgeons also met the then Governor Satya Pal Malik, who directed the Finance Department to find out ways to absorb these unemployed BDS after which a proposal for the creation of posts of dental surgeons was made by the Health Department, but the matter is still pending and undue delay in clearance of the file is diminishing their hope who are at the verge of overage, stress, and starvation.

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