Shortage of allopathic doctors and specialists in rural areas does not affect the provisioning of health care in remote and inaccessible rural areas.

The vacancy position of staff at Sub Centres, Primary Health Centers [PHCs] and Community Health Centers [CHCs] across the country as per Rural Health Statistics in India, 2011 is as under:

S.No. Name of Post Name of Health Centre Sanctioned Vacant
1 Doctor PHCs 30051 7246
2 Specialist CHCs 9831 3880
3 Doctors CHCs 12631
4 Health Assistants[Female] /  LHV PHCs 23182 7870
5 Pharmacist PHC &CHCs 24460 4775
6 Lab. Technicians PHC &CHCs 16153 3525
7 Nursing Staff PHC &CHCs 63325 13217
8 Health Worker [Female]/ANM SC &PHC 177103 8835
9 Radiographer CHCs 2806 957
10 Health Worker[Male] SCs 83241 35123

No such observation of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has come to the notice of the Ministry of Health & FW in the recent past. Public Health is a state subject. Financial support is provided to States under National Rural Health Mission [NRHM] to strengthen the health system based on the requirements proposed by the States in their annual Programme Implementation Plans. The implementation of the approved plans is monitored by respective State/District Health Societies.  Review at the national level is done through quarterly reports on physical and financial progress of approved activities.


This information was given in written reply by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay in Lok Sabha today.