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Ranchi, June 13: Stipend boost for MBBS degree holders and a go-ahead to a proposed state rights panel appointments were among the important decisions taken at the maiden meeting of the governor's advisory council today.

The advisers have decided to increase the post-MBBS compulsory internship stipend from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 per month.

"The hike for MBBS interns at three state medical colleges will be given with effect from April 1, 2010," cabinet secretary Aditya Swaroop said in a briefing after the advisory council meeting chaired by Governor M.O.H. Farook at Raj Bhavan this morning.

Every year, around 190 MBBS degree holders register for internship at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Dhanbad.

Talking to The Telegraph, Tulsi Mahto, a senior faculty member at RIMS, called it a welcome step. "It is good that internship stipend has been increased. During the compulsory rotational internship programme, MBBS passouts do a tough job. The training is a prerequisite for a qualified doctor," he said.

In the other important decision, the advisory council today gave its nod to rules for appointment of officials to the proposed state human rights body on the lines of National Human Rights Commission under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.

For the post of chairman of the state-level commission, rules suggest that a retired chief justice of a high court must be considered.

Besides the chairman, the commission will have three other members. One a working/retired judge of a high court, the second a working/retired judge of a district court and the third a person of profound and practical knowledge in the field of human rights.

A state-level committee under the chairmanship of the chief minister would be entitled to recommend appointment of otherwise qualified chairman and members of the proposed commission.

Other members of the selection panel include the Assembly Speaker, the leader of the Opposition and the home minister. The appointment of chairman and members will be for five years or till he/she attains the age of 70 (whichever is earlier).

Swaroop said the proposed state human rights commission was an effort towards good governance, as the panel would act as an independent judiciary. Matters of custodial death and police torture among others would be its prime focus.

A proposal on posts from the rural development department also received the advisory council's approval. The proposal suggests creation of 11 posts, including that of a BDO, for Haidernagar that was carved out of Hussainabad block in Palamau district in 2008. source:telegraphindia.com

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