Recruitment should be merit-based: NVCO, Ayush doctors

DIMAPUR, JUL 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/2/2020 1:37:07 PM IST

Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) and Concerned AYUSH Doctors of Nagaland, which met in Kohima on June 29, 2020 and discussed the “grievances/ill treatment/discrimination” faced by AYUSH doctors of Nagaland in recruitment, have demanded that open recruitment should be purely on merit basis.

NVCO through its press and media cell stated that the concerned AYUSH doctors, at the meeting, highlighted grievances especially in recruitment and expressed apprehension that the Health department could only select the serving doctors, despite overage, to fill up the recently created 11 medical officer (AYUSH) posts.

NVCO stated that the concerned AYUSH doctors, during the last few years, have been asking the department to advertise the vacant posts for open competitive examination to be conducted by NPSC.

NVCO stated that the department had earlier appointed an already overage doctor (AYUSH – Homoeopathy) on contract basis, which it termed as “illegal and not tenable in law whatsoever”. It stated that seniority was only applicable to serving regular employees, but for the fresh recruitment, it should be purely on merit basis. 

According to NVCO, the concerned AYUSH doctors were dismayed at department’s recent assertion that though posts would be filled through open recruitment preferences would be given to in-service doctors (NHM/contractual doctors) and those who have been serving for the past five to ten years or even more.

It stated that currently there were about 150 AYUSH doctors including master degree holders. 

NVCO reminded that as public notification dated August 23, 2019 issued by the chief secretary cases of overage appointment would not be entertained under any circumstances. NVCO also reminded that High Court order had banned the appointment of contract/ad-hoc disallowing the state government to appoint and regularise services of employees who had completed three years of continuous services. 

Meanwhile, according to NVCO, the concerned AYUSH doctors have placed four-point demand before the state government: I) all the posts of medical doctors (AYUSH) be recruited through the conduct of open competitive examination by NPSC; II) to create post for senior medical officers (AYUSH) apart from medical officer (AYUSH); III) to have weightage for MD for all exams or interview in AYUSH Medical Officer post; IV) to segregate the post of the five different systems -  AYUSH (A-Ayurveda, Y-Yoga, U-Unami, S-Siddha,  H-Homoeopathy) and V) create more posts and filled up the vacant posts besides the recent 11 posts.


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