Health deptt wants posts of dy director and many more filled in ”few hours”

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The state government on Friday issued a letter to directorates of health, Jammu and Kashmir, seeking details of medical officers looking for promotion to higher posts. What has surprised many in the medical fraternity is the way the posts were being sought to be filled. The government also directed the department to provide the details “in few hours.”
Late on Friday evening health and medical education department of the government issued a communication to director health services Jammu and director health services Kashmir titled “filling up of posts of deputy director and equivalent and chief medical officer and equivalent and consultants in health department”. The letter directed the heads of the two directorates to furnish “written option/undertaking” from senior-most medical officers opting for promotion. The communication sought a reply by fax, to be submitted on the same day.
The move has raised eyebrows in the medical fraternity who term it as an attempt to “adjust favourites” on the higher posts. A senior doctor in health department said, “How can the director furnish details of any medical officer interested in an administrative post in health department when the same has not been sought from the aspirant?” He alleged that the letter was a mockery at the system of promotions and meant to keep the doctors eligible for promotions at the same posts.
The letter makes it clear that without the undertaking from a medical officer, it would be assumed that they wish to “continue as medical officers in the department”.
Commissioner Secretary Health and medical education, Atal Dulloo, who is also in-charge of the post of director health services Kashmir, however said that no list had been furnished to Government yet. He said that instead of seeking undertaking from medical officers that they wish to get promoted to administrative posts, the directorate had asked for “opting out”. “We are in the process of compiling the list and have sought that senior most medical officers in the department, who do not wish to get promoted to give us the same in writing,” he said. He added that those who do not give an opting out letter will be assumed “interested”.
“It may take a couple of days,” he said. He further said that the process of promotions has been going on since 2013. “We already have a list.” The medical officers who are in the fray stand at seniority number 800 and above, as per seniority list issued by the department in September last year.
The post of director and many other posts in health department are vacant due to delay in promotions under OPG (own pay and grade). The previous director general, Dr Saleem ur Rehman was transferred and posted in youth services and sports last month.
Doctors in health department have rued lack of adherence to promotion rules in the department and demanded that Government adopts a transparent mechanism to appoint director and other administrators in the department.  

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