Health Rules may be eased for IAS
In major relief for aspiring civil servants, the Union health ministry has
recommended that diabetic, hypersensitive and pregnant women be allowed to join
the services. A number of candidates who clear the initial selection process are
rejected on medical examination.
UPSC rank holders are declared unfit to join the services on account of
diabetes and hypertension. For women candidates, if pregnancy is detected at any
stage, they are debarred.
The minimum standards even say that the blood pressure of the candidate
should be normal.
However, according to the director-general of health services, diabetes and
hypertension are the “most common problems” and hence they have recommended to
the Department of Personnel and Training that diabetics and hypertensive should
be allowed to join government service if there is no micro vascular effect, Dr
Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, told this newspaper. Also, for women candidates it has
been suggested that “pregnant” women be declared “fit” for the job. “Only those
women who are in strenuous jobs will be declared unfit temporarily, till the
time baby is born,” he added.
Courtesy: The Asian Age