Kupwara NRHM staff irked over holding of screening test

SRINAGAR: The medical and para-medical employees, engaged under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Kupwara, are up in arms against the decision of the authorities to conduct a screening test for the renewal of their contract.
Though the officials maintain that the move is aimed at enhancing the credibility of the NRHM staff following frequent complaints about the authenticity of their certificates, the doctors and para-medics working in different hospitals of the district for last several years describe the decision as totally unwise and humiliating.
“The appointees have already faced screening and viva at the time of their selection and going for the fresh screening for the extension of their services is highly insulting and brazen violation of NRHM norms,” said a doctor.
“If authorities know that some candidates have managed their selection on the basis of fake certificates they should have gone for the verification of their documents. But it is irony that instead of verifying their documents the authorities are humiliating the entire NRHM staff,” he said.
The doctors, nurses and other para-medics as per the guidelines of the scheme are appointed on contract basis after written and viva tests.
Their services are later extended on the basis of their annual performance report (APR) given by the concerned block medical officers.
However the deputy commissioner Kupwara, few days ago, issued a circular directing the fresh screening of all the staff engaged under the scheme in the district. The date for the screening test has been fixed as 25th July.
Chief medical officer, Kupwara, Dr Muneer Ahmad admitted that he had suggested the deputy commissioner to issue a circular for screening of the all the staff. “Yes I did suggest the DC to order the screening of all the working staff but that can be revoked also,” CMO told Kashmir Reader.
Asked about the need for screening of the entire working staff, CMO said that the move is aimed at showing door to those candidates who have produced fake certificates. He, however, had no answer when asked if the candidates having fake certificates can qualify the test.
Director NRHM, Dr Yashpal expressed shock over the decision of screening by the district authorities. “You please send me a copy of the circular and I will talk to the deputy commissioner.