With utmost regards and veneration, we the aspirants of medical officers of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir would like to invite your kind attention towards the following facts for sympathetic consideration and necessary action:
1.The decision of the Governor Administration to appoint 1000 Medical officers for rural and far-flung areas on fast track basis in December 2018 was highly appreciated by the public in general and medical fraternity in particular.
2.In fact, this decision was considered to be one of the best decisions taken by State Administrative Council (SAC) under the leadership of governor aimed at speedy selection, appointment and placement of medical officers in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir to improve healthcare facilities in the Jammu and Kashmir on war footing.
3.It seems that the spirit with which the decision was taken by the governor administration is dying down due to procedural delay.
4.The entire process was scheduled to be completed within two months but even after eight months now, it is still half the way.
5.Despite the efforts put in by the concerned department, only 462 medical officers have joined so far, as a result of that 538 vacancies have been left back.
6.The criteria of 20 percent or 50 percent of the waiting list as is applicable in other cases of appointments being made by SSRB/PSC is not applicable in this case, because of the following reasons:
a.The initial screening of the applications in terms of SRO 202 of 2015 order No. 630 Dated 20.11.18 was not done by PSC. As a result, the candidates who suppressed the information regarding their PG course/registrarship and demonstratorship/senior resident were also made eligible to appear in the written examination conducted by the PSC.
b.It is this chunk of candidates that created impediments in the smooth and fast track appointment of the medical officers. Had these candidates been declared ineligible at the screening level/short listing, the fast track appointment would have been completed on time?
c.The state government repeatedly made it clear that no point of time those candidates who are already pursuing their PG courses/ registrarship/demonsatratorship/senior resident shall be allowed to block the posts as was done previously by the department of health and medical education, J&K Govt.
d.The PSC before declaring the results of the examination fixed benchmark/ cut-off Merit score for qualifying the said examination as under:
OM: 55 merit points
RC: 50 merit points
e.As such the qualified candidates as per the benchmark fixed by PSC have a legitimate right to be considered for the appointment against the available vacancies within the quota of 1000 medical officers.
7.The waiting list up to the qualifying benchmark fixed by the PSC may kindly be made operative so that those candidates who have qualified the examination are considered for the appointment against the available vacancies.
8.That any effort to curtail the waiting list and stop the appointment of medical officers without considering the qualified and eligible candidates declared by the PSC shall be determined to the legitimate right of these candidates which in no case meets the ends of justice.
9.That there are a good number of candidates in the waiting list of qualified and eligible candidates who are at the verge of becoming overage. These candidates deserve a special preferential consideration for appointment as medical officers as this is the last opportunity for them to enter into the government service and serve the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
10.We have been pleading our case before the authorities for the last three months. We met the Hon’ble Advisor, Shri Vijay Kumar and the worthy Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME ) department on 09/04/2018 at Jammu who assured as that our case shall be considered sympathetically.
11.That the order to expedite the process of appointment on fast track basis, we very humbly request your good self to kindly authorize convening a joint meeting of PSC & H&ME Dept. authorities to work out the pending waiting list of the qualified and eligible candidates to the extent of vacancies available in H&ME Dept. so that appointments can be made without causing any further delay.
12.That there are still 539 vacancies and the concerned department may be asked to seek waiting list of the qualified and eligible candidates commensurate with the available vacancies as on date and issue the appointment orders in their favor accordingly.
13.Even after utilizing 50 percent of the waiting list, there are still 140 vacancies against the 50 percent waiting list on account of non-joining of the remaining eligible candidates.
14.Pertinent to mention here the Hon’ble High Court, Srinagar has also passed two significant directions in this regard. In the First instance, The Hon’ble High Court passed the Direction vide No. HC/R/SGR/21342; dated 19/7/2019 to the State Govt that the posts of medical officers cannot be diverted and as such the PSC cannot again advertise these posts.
15.Similarly, the Hon’ble High Court passed another direction in which it was directed to the government to operate the waiting list so that the petitioners/the aspirants who are likely to cross the upper age bar limit may get a chance to serve the department.
In consideration of the above, we request your good self to kindly consider our genuine demand on its merits. We acknowledge and appreciate that during the governor rule several landmarks decision were taken in good governance based on transparency and empowerment of the youth. As such we are quite hopeful that our genuine demand shall also be considered sympathetically at your august office.
PSC qualified candidates for 1000 posts of medical officers through:Dr. Tufail Nazir Dar; Dr. Syed Khalid Muzamil; Dr. Mohit Raina; Dr. Roop Krishan; Dr. Santosh Dhar; Dr. Shetal Parimoo; Dr. Aamir Abbas; Dr. Sonali Koul; and Dr. R.K. Raina