PIL highlighting shortage of Doctors/Para-Medics in Jammu Province

DB directs CS, Comm/Secy. H&ME, DHSJ & J&K PSC to respond within 4 weeks

10/07/2018

JAMMU, Jul 10: Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Tashi Rabstan and Justice Sanjay Gupta today in the open court directed Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. of J&K Health and Medical Education Department, Director Health Services Jammu and Secretary J&K Public Service Commission to file their response to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the State Government to provide duly sanctioned staff in all the Health Institutions in Jammu Province as out of 259 PHCs, NPHCs and CHCs in the hilly and remotest areas of all the Districts of Jammu Province, 184 of them are running without Doctors and lacking the staff including the Medical Officers/ Consultants and Para-Medical Staff in Sub-District Hospitals, District Hospitals of entire Jammu Province as disclosed from the information furnished by PIO Directorate of Health Services Jammu. This Public Interest Litigation has been filed by Balwinder Singh a renowned RTI Activist and Convener of Sangarsh RTI Movement seeking directions to the State Government to detach the additional/surplus staff posted in the various Health Institutions in Jammu City including Directorate of Health Services Jammu as the said Doctors have been attached merely on political/extraneous considerations at the cost of the needy people who require health care facilities at their door step.
After considering the submissions of Advocate S.S. Ahmed appearing for the petitioner S. Balwinder Singh, the Division Bench of the State High Court headed by Justice Tashi Rabstan issued notices to Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. of J&K Health and Medical Education Department, Director Health Services Jammu and Secretary J&K Public Service Commission to file their response to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) returnable within four weeks. Senior AAG Seema Shekhar accepted notice on behalf of the Chief Secretary J&K. DB grants four weeks time to all the respondents to file their response to the PIL.JNF

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