Srinagar: The J&K High Court Wednesday directed Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education (H&ME) to file an affidavit indicating the number of appointments, and vacant posts at the Food Safety Department, besides any in pipeline.
The Division Bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Tashi Rabstan passed the direction after noting that it was not clear how many posts were available in the department and remarked that for its strengthening, it was necessary to know how many posts are vacant, filled or in the pipeline.
The court also directed the Secretary, Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB ) to ensure the selection of the post, if any, referred by the H&ME for the department.
The Finance Department was directed to take a call on the proposal submitted by the H&ME for 306 posts for the department.
The court came down on authorities for communication gap about the posts to SSRB as the H&ME department informed the court that certain posts have been referred to SSRB, while the SSRB denied it.
The court told the Principal Secretary to emphasize on filling up of vacant posts, and those required, as crores of rupees have been spent on the labs which without manpower were no consequence.