PIL on H&FW deptt selective: NIDA

DIMAPUR, JUN 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/1/2020 2:03:49 PM IST

Affirming solidarity with any group that strived to bring transparency in the functioning of the department, the Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) has, however, expressed its strong displeasure over the public interest litigation (PIL) filed against “selective department officials by name.” 

In a press release, NIDA president Dr. Ritu Thurr and secretary Dr. Ahu Sekhose said that such selective action adversely affected the moral and motivation of not only the concerned officials, but also the rank and file of the department.

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association said filing of RTI or PIL cannot be stopped, but maintained that compilation of detailed information was causing disruption in the functioning of the office when the entire department machinery was fully engaged in hectic preparation and combating COVID-19 pandemic with time being the most crucial factor. Therefore, the association has appealed to all responsible parties “to take this critical situation into consideration.”

Meanwhile, commenting on the issues pertaining to personal protective equipment (PPE), the association said that in the initial period there was shortage of PPE all over the world and there was widespread apprehension even of the availability of the products. 

In view of the urgency, NIDA said the department procured the PPE that was available in the market at that particular point in time. The association said other States have also procured the same kind of PPE and have been put to use effectively. It stated that due to timely procurement, coupled with rigorous training on PPE, the department was now in a better position to face the unfolding challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

Nagaland In-Service Doctors’ Association has expressed gratitude to the people of the state for extending cooperation in the fight against the pandemic. 


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