The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the enhancement of posts under Training Reserve from existing 6% to 20% and Deputation Reserve from existing 4% to 20% of the Duty Posts in respect of Medical Officers in the Jammu and Kashmir Health & Family Welfare (Gazetted Service).It is noteworthy to mention that the Health and Medical Education Department is one of the essential services department and the Medical Officers are the cutting edge level functionaries constituting the backbone of the department.The sanctioned strength of the posts of Medical Officers is 3781 comprising 3151 duty posts and 630 reserve posts.With the increase in the reserve posts, the sanctioned strength of the post of Medical Officers will raise to 4726 posts. Consequently, more than 800 posts of Medical Officers shall accrue for reference to J&K PSC for recruitment. The recruitment against these posts will help the department to man the health institutions situated in peripheral and far-flung areas.The recruitment of Medical Officers will also help to provide manpower in the sister organizations where the Medical officers required to be posted on deputation from the Health & Medical Education Department. This will also provide opportunities to the Medical Officers to acquire such skills/training which would help them to further their career and in the process augment the health care system across J&K. This will also help in the smooth functioning of the newly established Government Medical Colleges.