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Covid-19: Center allows employees with medical degrees to carry out internships, offer teleconsultation | India News

NEW DELHI: Citing the unprecedented increase in Covid cases in the country, the Center on Wednesday allowed its employees with recognized qualifications to perform medical practice or teleconsultation. This practice must be carried out during free time and for purely charitable purposes, according to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Referring to a 57-year-old order from the Interior Ministry, he said that the DoPT has been receiving inquiries / requests from central government officials to provide teleconsultation services during the current pandemic.
“In view of the unprecedented increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, and to use the internal capabilities available in the government to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus and provide relief to the public, it has been decided that Government employees centers that have recognized qualifications in any medical system do not require permission from the Head of Departments (HoDs) in question to carry out internships / provide teleconsultation, “he said.
This would be subject to the condition that said practice / teleconsultation be carried out during free time, on a purely charitable basis, without detriment to official duties towards the government servant in question, said the order issued to the entire department from the central government, the order said.
“However, it is desirable that government officials keep their concerned departments informed for registration purposes only,” he said, adding that this guideline will take effect immediately.
The DoPT referred to the Interior Ministry order of February 29, 1964 that stipulates that the HOD may grant permission to central government officials with recognized qualifications in any medical system to perform the practice.

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