UTNA against open competition for recruitment of staff nurse

DIMAPUR, JUL 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/10/2020 12:57:50 PM IST

Says it distorts the age old tradition of recruitment policy

Appreciating the state government for creation of 143 posts of staff nurse besides 78 posts of staff nurse for Primary Health Centres (PHCs), the Unemployed Trained Nurses Association (UTNA) Nagaland has, however, expressed opposition to the health and family department’s “sudden recruitment policy” wherein 50% of the total post created was put up for open competition. 

In a memorandum addressed to the state chief minister, the UTNA president Akhrole Tsuhah and general secretary Vikali Wotsa said this sudden change in recruitment policy has distorted the age old tradition of recruitment policy.

UTNA said that H&FW department was already maintaining a batch-wise cum merit seniority list for the unemployed trained nurses who were yet to be appointed. Till date, the association said the trained nurses were being appointed based on batch wise-cum-merit seniority basis as and when vacancies arose through retirement and death.

Considering the customary norms followed by the H&FW department for appointment of staff nurse based on batch wise-cum-merit, UTNA said the Cabinet issued a memorandum dated June 12, 2020, creating 143 posts of Staff Nurse to be appointed based on existing system of appointment. 

However, it said the department presented “sudden recruitment policy” through print media without any prior notice “creating unfair disadvantage and grave injustice to all the trained nurses.”

UTNA pointed out that not a single exam has ever been conducted till date for the recruitment of nurses since “Nurses had already undergone open examination conducted by the State Health & Family Welfare Department for undergoing training.” 

Therefore, UTNA said another open examination or test for entry into the post of Staff Nurse was “direct deprivation” as they were qualified for the same. 

The association has, therefore, appealed the state government/department to intervene and continue with the existing system of batch wise cum merit basis so as to do justice for all the deserving candidates.


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