Hunter nursing is booming in Maharashtra.
As the country becomes more and more urban, it is increasingly attracting workers.
This includes doctors, nurses and even teachers.
But for the first time in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to hire 1,000 more nurses to replace the nurses who have retired in recent years.
The jobs will come in three categories: doctors, dentists and other health professionals.
The health department is also looking at bringing in other medical and nursing specialists.
“We are seeking to recruit at least 2,200,000 nurses to the state, which is a massive undertaking for a state like Maharashtra.
The demand is there, we need to take it up,” said state health minister Rajeev Goyal.
“The government will also consider the demand of the youth for the nursing sector.
We have to have the manpower to handle the demands,” he said.
The state government had set a target of hiring 1,500 new nurses per month by March 2019.
But the task has been delayed for various reasons, including lack of funds.
The nursing sector has grown to become the largest in India.
In the year ended March 2017, the health ministry had projected that nursing would account for 2.8 percent of Maharashtra’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020.
Now the government wants to double that number to 2.7 percent of GDP by 2022.
But, according to data from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), nursing has only grown at 1.4 percent in Maharashtra during that period.
This is because of the slow economic growth, which has left many people in the state with less employment opportunities.
“As a result, we have had a huge shortage of trained nurses.
We need a huge amount of nurses to meet the demand,” said Dr. Sudhir Rane, the chief medical officer of the state.
Dr. Rane is a part-time doctor.
He said that for the past few years, the number of doctors training in the nursing industry had dropped dramatically, especially in rural areas.
“In the past five years, there were no graduates from the nursing training colleges.
But we have seen that the demand for nurses has increased, especially the younger generation,” he added.
The state government is also seeking to attract other medical specialists, such as dentists, opticians and plastic surgeons.
“There are also a lot of opticians who have left the profession.
The government wants more doctors trained in the field of dental services,” said Rane.
Dr Rane said that the state’s shortage of doctors is also a reason for the demand in the industry.
“It is not because of lack of trained doctors, but because of a lack of supply.
There is a shortage of dentists.
The shortage has been aggravated by the fact that the government does not invest in infrastructure for the sector,” he noted.
The main problem is that most of the new graduates are not in the best of health conditions.
“Even if they are healthy, they do not have good working habits,” said S.K. Bharti, professor of medical and health sciences at the University of Mumbai.
“When we look at the number in terms of working conditions, we are talking about people who do not understand the nature of their job,” he pointed out.
A recent report by the CSE says that nursing has become the number one job for people between the age of 15 and 60.
And the demand is not only in rural states, as the health department has also said that nursing jobs are likely to go to the urban middle class.