*The decision to cancel 13 UPSC posts of Assistant Divisional Dental Surgeons by the Ministry of Railways, and 10 UPSC posts by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is not only a grievous blow to qualified Dental Surgeons in India, but also to patients suffering from dental caries, tooth loss, oral and maxillofacial disorders and oral cancer.
*Currently in India, according to WHO, dentist to population ratio is 1:30000 (very low by global standards)
*Dental Surgeons in India are the worst victims of unemployment crisis among health workers.
*There is a general disillusionment among qualified Dental Surgeons regarding their unemployment in the public sector.
*There is also general lack of awareness among public regarding dental and oral health, and hazards of tobacco use.
*The poor and downtrodden section of the public cannot afford private dental treatment.
*Dental Surgeons in public service are absolutely essential to address these prevalent problems.
*Cancellation of UPSC posts sends out wrong signals to qualified graduates, and contributes to the disillusionment in the government's policies especially regarding unemployment and healthcare.
*There are many qualified Dental Surgeons among us who have been aspiring for public service; some of us could have been earning good money from private practice.
*The Dental Council of India should appeal to the employers viz. Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to revoke the cancellation of the above-mentioned posts, since the candidates have already submitted their applications.
*If this petition reaches the addressees, and they take note of this grievous error in their judgement and respond appropriately, everybody wins, especially the public.
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