Srinagar: For five years the J&K health department has been unable to complete procedures for departmental promotions, due to which more than 200 posts of consultants are lying vacant.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that 217 posts of consultants available under promotion quota in the health department are vacant for more than five years, as no meeting of the departmental promotion committee (DPC) has been held to promote medical officers and dental surgeons on these posts.
“The doctors who are specialists in various disciplines and have completed senior residency were eligible for promotions to senior positions. But, the two directorates of health services in Kashmir and Jammu didn’t bother to submit details about the doctors to the administrative department, as part of the official procedure,” a source in the department said.
The Additional Secretary, Health and Medical Education, has written officially to the two Directorates of Health in Srinagar and Jammu several times to furnish the list of medical officers holding postgraduate degrees/ diplomas to his office, along with their annual performance reports, integrity certificates and posting details. However, both the directorates are yet to do so. “Same is the case with senior consultants,” the additional secretary’s official communication says.
Sources said that the directorates have also been asked many times to furnish details of various gazetted and non-gazetted posts for recruitment, but their response is still pending.
The Additional Secretary has now issued a fresh directive, asking the directorates to convey details of vacancies in the department. He has also sought details of DPC meetings conducted in the respective directorates, and posts referred to recruiting agencies like SSB and PSC for making selections along with the referral number and date.
“You are accordingly requested to do the needful in the matter at an earliest so that these vacancies could be filled up immediately. The needful in the matter may be done at an earliest and treating the matter as most urgent,” the letter dated February 28, 2018, reads.