Delay in recruitment hits functioning of newly established medical colleges

SSB says process to complete soon

SRINAGAR: In the face of delay in recruitment by Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB), the newly established government medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir have started hiring staff on temporary basis.
Last year, the health and medical Education referred about 2,000 technical and non-technical posts to the recruitment agency for hiring at the five medical colleges.
Hundreds of aspirants applied for the jobs but a year on the delay in recruitment has hit the functioning of the colleges prompting them to recruit staff on consolidated basis.
In Kashmir, Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Anantnag, Dr Showkat Jeelani told Kashmir Reader that the college is in dire need of staff which is why they started recruiting people on temporary basis.
According to him, they requested the government for hiring staff on temporary arrangement till permanent staff is recruited by the Board.
“We are facing huge shortage of staff especially technicians and nurses,” he added.
Likewise, four other medical colleges are facing problem because of dearth of staff as the colleges have similar staff strength and requirements.
In Jammu region, Principal GMC Doda Dr Tariq Azad said that the college was forced to recruit nearly 23 technicians on temporary basis. He blamed the SSB for delay in recruiting the staff.
“Technical posts are most important which is why we couldn’t wait. We are managing without ministerial and clerical staff till the Board makes some headway,” Azad said.
JKSSB Public Relations Officer Ashwani Hansa, however, said the Board will complete the selection process shortly.
“We will complete the recruitment process at new medical colleges on priority,” he said.

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