HC for regularizing higher posts in Health Dept at earliest

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed finalization of process regarding regularization of higher posts in Health and Family Welfare Department at an earliest even as it warned the concerned officials as well as Public Service Commission against any “further slackness.”
Hearing a petition filed by one Dr Mohammad Ashraf, essentially aimed to do way with adhocism in the department, a division bench of Justices Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Hasnain Massodi observed “slackness” on part of the Heath Department in referring the proposal of all ranks to PSC for finalization of the process.
There are three posts of Directors, eight posts of Deputy Directors and 48 posts of CMOs to be finalized by the Health Department.
In terms of Recruitment Rules, three posts of Director Health Services/Family Welfare are to be filed from amongst eight deputy Directors and A-Grade Specialists. The Deputy Director posts in turn are to be filled up from the officers satisfying eligibility from amongst 48 CMOs, Superintendents of Hospitals, Assistant Directors and Director TB Demonstration Centre. The posts of Senior Consultants (A-grade Specialists) are to be filled up from B-Grade Specialists.
Similarly, the B-Grade Specialist posts, which form feeding cadre for 23 senior Consultants (A-Grade Specialists), are yet to be filled up on substantive basis.
“In compliance to (28 March) order, Public Service Commission has filed a detailed status report, stating reasons for delay in finalizing the process of regularization of Deputy Medical Superintendents, confirmation of Consultants on the post of Senior Consultants etc,” the bench observed.
The report, the bench said, suggests that there has been ‘slackness’ on the part of respondent Health & Medical Education Department while referring the proposal of all ranks to PSC.
Deputy Secretary to Government Health & Medical Education Department also filed a detailed report in compliance to the March 28 order, showing as to what steps have been taken by the Department in ensuring finalization of the process so as to avoid ad-hocism in the department.
“On perusal of the same, it appears that there has been delay in referring the case with full details to PSC,” the bench said and directed concerned Health Department officials as well as PSC to ensure that all necessary steps are taken at their respective levels so as to ensure finalization of process at an earliest.
“Any further slackness shall be at the peril of erring officer/official. Latest status regarding finalization of the process be filed by or before next date,” the court said and post the case on April 28.
Meanwhile, the court deferred consideration by next hearing date on an application filed by Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education from personal appearance.
Advocate S R Husain appeared for the petitioner while senior AAG J A Kawoosa and advocate Azhar-ul-Amin represented government and PSC respectively.