Seniority and credibility must for selection of new dir health Kashmir, Jammu: DAK

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‘Will protest if bureaucrat with zero experience in health dept is appointed’
Srinagar: The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday said the government must strictly follow “procedure and guidelines” for the selection of new Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) and Director Health Services Jammu.
In a statement, the DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said, “Even for the interim arrangement- seniority, credibility and other aspects prescribed under set rules and regulations should be strictly followed for the selection.”
He said appointment of directors for Jammu and Kashmir health services is not only a crucial administrative requirement, but is also a procedural requirement that has to be fulfilled, adding the process of selection should include selection of five senior most persons with utmost seniority and credibility to face the selection committee.
“The contest to coveted post must be open and fair and that would bring transparency and openness in the selection process,” Naik said.
General secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that a team of experts in the field should assess the eligible candidates and choose the best. “The whole selection process is kept hidden and secret, which is unfair, non-transparent and thus manipulative.”
Dr Mohd Ashraf, vice president DAK demanded that only a medical doctor should be appointed as director health, while non-medico bureaucrat will derail the Health department.
“Doctors bodies across the state including DAK, DAJ, CVDA, SDSJK and Ladakh Doctors Associations have unanimously decided to protest if a bureaucrat with zero experience in health department is appointed as director health services in Jammu, Kashmir,” a DAK spokesperson said.