HC: Pregnant doctors entitled to incentive marks in PG

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HC: Pregnant doctors entitled to incentive marks in PG CHENNAI: A division bench of the Madras high court has ruled that doctors, who availed maternity leave while working in remote and difficult areas, are entitled to obtain incentive marks for their post graduate courses. A division bench comprising of Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice M Dhandapani said, “The intention of the government to give incentive marks to in-service candidates for their services rendered in remote/hilly/difficult areas, taking note of the personal risk they would undergo in such areas, is a noble one.”

A group of in-service candidates filed a petition stating that they are entitled to avail maternity leave and related benefits and the leave period would be counted as service while pursuing PG courses. Opposing this, additional advocate general S T S Murthy said their absence during maternal leave would have an impact on the healthcare of poor people in these areas. Justice N Kirubakaran earlier said maternity leave should be treated as service period.

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