The decision was taken during a review meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in connection to the growing need of human resources required for dealing with the crisis of Covid-19 situation in the country.
“A decision was taken to postpone NEET-PG for at least 4 months & the exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. Students will also be given atleast one month of time after announcement of exam before it is conducted," Prime Minister's Office said after the review meeting.
It has also been decided to allow deployment of medical interns in the Covid management duties under the supervision of their faculty, it added.
The services of final year MBBS students can be utilized for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases.
The services of final year post graduate students as residents may continue to be utilized.
It has further been decided that services of B.Sc. and General Nursing and Midwifery nurses may be utilized in Covid nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses.
In a major decision, it has been decided that the individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments after they complete a minimum of 100 days of Covid duties.
The medical students and professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. Engaged Health professionals will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government.
All such professionals will be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished COVID National Service Samman after completion of their 100 days of Covid duties.
The States and Union Territories have been requested to consider the above incentives to maximise the availability of manpower to provide relief to the Covid patients.