Cab revokes decision on regularization

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/23/2020 1:00:05 PM IST

* 27 doctors to continue on ‘contingency basis’

Cab approves creation of 186 new posts in H&FW 

Under fire for its previous decision to regularise 27 posts of doctors recruited recently, the State cabinet has not only revoked that decision but also went a step further in approving creation of 186 new posts under the department of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW).

Sources told Nagaland Post that the appointments would be a one-time requisition and people from other States would be included in the interview board, even as preference would be given to in-service doctors (NHM/contractual doctors). The cabinet also asked the H&FW department to work out modalities of the recruitment within one month. The decision came during a cabinet meeting held at chief minister’s chamber at civil secretariat here Tuesday.

Interacting with media persons later, H&FW principal director (PD) Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie said the cabinet approved 15 specialists, 44 medical officers, 11 medical officers (Ayush), three dental surgeons, six research scientists, 78 staff nurses, six lab technician, 10 ECG technicians and 13 operation theatre technicians posts. 

He said department would fast-track the appointment, adding that the posts would be filled up through open recruitment where all eligible persons would be allowed to appear.

When enquired, the PD said the 27 doctors engaged by the department earlier would continue on “contingency basis” as advertised. 

He regretted that Nagaland Public Service Commission could not advertise the requisition made by the department in 2018, 2019 and 2020 because of which there were complaints of shortage of medical officers. “Unless we go for this type of appointment, the crisis will not overcome,” he stressed.

Dismissing allegation of flouting of Medical Council of India (MCI) rules during the appointment by NHM Employees Association, Nagaland (NEAN), PD clarified that IMC or Indian Council of Medical Research did not have any role in the recruitment process. He pointed out that as health was a State subject, the State government had allowed the department to recruit without waiting for NPSC.  He said the regularisation part would be taken up later but rules and procedures for the recruitment would be followed.

On salary parity, he said as NHM was a mission, its staff could not be equated with other state government employees. He said 28 vacant posts were advertised earlier but only 27 could be recruited. He claimed nobody came forward then and even now he said no one should be blamed if they did not apply for the advertised posts.

Asserting that the department was not trying to hide anything, Dr. Suokhrie said the posts would be one-year engagement and extended later or regularised, adding these issues would be sorted out later.

Post creation to address NHM/JDA issue: NHM director Dr Kevichusa Medikhrü said creation of posts would address the issue of NHM as many doctors and technical persons serving in the mission did not get the opportunity to enter into regular service. But with these newly-created posts, he explained they could apply. 

He mentioned that weightage would be given to those who have been serving for the past five to ten years or even more.

On parity of salary, he said 60% of NHM funds received went towards salary payment. Therefore, if salary was increased further, he remarked that there would be no fund left to take up other activities.

He said if these doctors and nurses could be recruited into regular services, this would lead to salary saving, even as he clarified that new doctors and nurses would not be appointed but salary of existing staff could be increased with the savings.

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