Consider appointment of nurses on merit-cum-seniority: UTNA

DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/22/2020 12:57:25 PM IST

Unemployed Trained Nurses Association (UTNA) has appealed to the state health and family welfare (H&FW) department to consider appointment of nurses on merit-cum-seniority as per the norms practiced by the department till date failing which it would be “compelled to take legal recourse for dispensation of justice.”

In a representation to the principal secretary H&FW and principal director H&FW, the UTNA president Akhrole and general secretary Vikali Wotsa said that there was a vacancy of 28 existing staff nurse posts under the H&FW department and the issue of overage has arisen while considering the appointment of the batch-wise merit list of the trained nurses who have undergone three-year GNM training from the state government-run school of nursing.

UTNA pointed out that appointment of staff nurse was done through batch-wise merit list, which has been “customarily followed” by the department when it comes to the appointment of the staff nurse.

The association affirmed that the issue of overage should not come into play when they have “faithfully” adhered to the rules and regulations laid by the department and have been waiting patiently for the appointment in accordance with the norms followed by the department.

Further, UTNA pointed out that then director of H&FW department had given a clear direction dated September 1, 2005 that the eligible age for appointment was relaxed for the trained nursing personnel and also P&AR vide OM dated September 9, 2005 condoned the overage of the trained nurses for appointment. Thus, UTNA said the department has been considering age relaxation when it comes to the appointment of trained staff nurses in the past.

Reminding that they have been “sincerely waiting” for the appointment since the last 16-17 years, the association said that most of them have crossed 35 years of age while waiting for appointment. However, it said that this should not be an issue in the case of appointment because they were qualified trained nurses eligible to be appointed.

UTNA has, therefore, appealed to the department to consider the appointment of the trained nurses as per the norms practiced till date by the department.


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