Exaggerating unemployment among dental surgeons


The posts of dental surgeons in Health Department were advertised last in 2008 and since then thousands of dental surgeons are hopeless and jobless. Around 5000 dental surgeons are registered in J&K UT and out of these about 3200 are unemployed and every year more than 300 new Graduates (about 200 from J&K and 100 from outside) are piling this heap of unemployment. While there are about 15000 posts for medical doctors, the number of posts for dentists is only somewhere around 550.The inflexibility and insensitivity by Government towards the dental profession would only exaggerate unemployment among these highly skilled, educated and professionally trained dental surgeons, and promote brain drain and should be addressed on priority basis by the UT administration. Notwithstanding steep rise in population of J&K in last 12 years and coming up of various new Government hospitals across J&K, 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.
There is dire need of dentists in the Primary Health Centers across the UT as every third person is suffering from dental ailments now-a-days, but Government is not alive to the situation and ignoring this important aspect of healthcare. After a 3-month-long hunger strike in 2014, these jobless dental surgeons had handed over a petition to the J&K Government but nothing was done to absorb them. Two years back, the issue was put up before the then Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisor Vijay Kumar, who directed the Finance Department to find out ways to absorb the unemployed BDS after which a proposal for creation of posts of dental surgeons was made by the Health Department.However the file is moving between Health and Finance Departments since last two years without any progress despite assurances from concerned authorities. The matter is presently pending with Finance Department and undue delay in clearance of the file is diminishing the hope of qualified professional youth who are at the verge of overage, stress and starvation.

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