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Kerala abolishes compulsory rural service for medical students

October 15, 2012

The state government has abolished the compulsory rural service (CRS) for medical students and replaced it with voluntary rural service (VRS).

In an order issued on October 8, the state government has also conceded the demand for allowing one-time maternity benefits for medical students during their postgraduate and super-specialty courses.

According to Dr P S Jinesh, vice president, Kerala Medicos Joint Action Council, the order has brought the three-year bonded service system to one year.

The order stipulates the postgraduate students in government medical colleges and government merit quota students in self-financing and cooperative medical colleges to undergo one-year mandatory bonded service.

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