HC seeks status report on recruitments for Drug and Food Control

HC seeks status report on recruitments for Drug and Food Control

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court directed Service Selection Recruitment Board to submit a status report with regard to recruitment of various non-gazetted posts in the Drugs and Food Control Organisation.
“Such affidavit shall be filed within four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order,” the court directed.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan while taking the litigation regarding food adulteration took on record a status report dated 15th April, 2019, filed by Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department, disclosing the status of the sanctioned posts as well as the vacancy position and the steps taken for recruitment by the respondents.
The court noted that it appears that matter with regard to appointment of non-gazetted staff stands referred to Service Selection Recruitment Board.
“A direction is issued to the Service Selection Recruitment Board to submit a status report on an affidavit with regard to the recruitment of various non-gazetted posts in the Drugs and Food Control Organization. Such affidavit shall be filed within four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order,” the court directed.
On 19 September last year, court had asked respondents to file the status of recruitment with respect to manning of food laboratories as well as mobile food testing vans.
Court was informed by the respondents that a sum of over Rs 18 crore has been spent in creating state-of-the-art public laboratories in Srinagar and Jammu. However, the personnel who are to work in these laboratories and to use the utilised facilities are not available. Only some of the posts have been filled, whereas most important posts, including those of lab and instrumentation technicians, remained vacant.
The court was also informed that seven mobile food testing vans were acquired from Gujarat. These vans also remain unutilised as, other than drivers, no technicians are available to man or utilise these vans for any purpose.
The court had noted that if the recruitment process has to be effected, the respondents shall disclose the timelines within which the same would be completed.
“We make it clear that in case the process of recruitment for any post is yet to commence, the respondents shall ensure that the necessary action towards issuance of the advertisement inviting applications is positively completed within three weeks from today. The process of selection shall be positively completed within a period of four months from the date of issuance of the advertisement,” the division bench had directed in an order dated 19 September.
Earlier, court had remarked that it was intolerable that the food adulteration issue was taken lightly by the authorities.