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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The National Eligibility cum Entrance test for post graduate students (NEET PG) exam has been postponed for at least 4 months.

The decision has been taken after a review of the Covid situation in the country by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The PMO has said the postponement will make large number of qualified doctors available for COVID duties.

As per the announcement, individuals who complete 100 days of COVID duty would be given priority in the upcoming regular Government recruitments.

Medical interns would be deployed for COVID management duties under the active supervision of their faculty.

The PMO said in a statement on Monday that the services of final year MBBS students can also be utilised for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases after due orientation under the faculty’s supervision.

This will reduce the workload on the existing doctors engaged in COVID duty and boost the efforts of triaging, it said.

It added that B.Sc. or GNM qualified nurses may be utilised in full-time COVID nursing duties under the supervision of senior doctors and nurses.

Those providing services in COVID management will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments after they complete a minimum of 100 days of duty, the PMO said.

The medical students and professionals to be engaged in COVID related work will be suitably vaccinated, it said.

All such professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished COVID National Service Samman from the government of India.

They will also be covered under the government’s insurance scheme for health workers engaged in fighting COVID-19.

The statement said the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for Post-Graduation (NEET-PG) will be postponed for at least four months, and the exam will not be held before August 31.

(With PTI Inputs)

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