PIL highlighting shortage of doctors in rural areas of Jammu

DB directs CS, Comm/Secy. Health to file a status report for filling up vacant slots

22/11/2018

JAMMU, NOV 21: In a significant order a Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal in a PIL filed by a renowned RTI Activist S. Balwinder Singh has directed the Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. of J&K Health and Medical Education Department, Director Health Services Jammu and Secretary J&K PSC to file a status report before the next date of hearing regarding the steps taken to fill up the vacancies and the expected date by which the vacancies shall be filled up. The Division Bench further directed the authorities that the status report shall be filed in a tabulated form by adding the information furnished by the petitioner in paragraph Nos.5 to 26 of the writ petition. The Division Bench on the request of Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed further directed that the status report shall include the details with regard to the posts of Consultants and Dental Surgeons.
When this much publicized PIL filed by S. Balwinder Singh highlighting shortage of Doctors and Paramedical Staff in various Health Institutions of Jammu Province came up for hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed appearing for the petitioner invited the attention of the Division Bench to the reply filed by the State Government through Senior AAG H.A. Siddiqui supported with the affidavit of Dr. Chander Prakash, Deputy Director Health Services (HQ), Jammu wherein it was highlighted that there are 1328 sanctioned posts of Medical Officers in Jammu Division as on August, 2018 and only 697 Medical Officers are working in Health Department whereas rest of the Doctors are on deputation to GMC Jammu, undergoing post graduation courses and few posts are kept for deputation to NRHM, Police Department, WHO, CGHS and JK Medical Supplies Corporation.
The Division Bench in the open court after going through paragraph Nos.5 to 26 of the PIL expressed its concern regarding the shortage of Doctors in Jammu Province and observed that the petitioner has furnished the brief summary of the District Wise detail received under RTI Act with regard to the number of sanctioned posts and the posts lying vacant in all the Health Institutions in Jammu Province.
After hearing both the sides the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittlal directed the Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. of J&K Health and Medical Education Department, Director Health Services Jammu and Secretary J&K PSC to file a status report before the next date of hearing regarding the steps taken to fill up the vacancies and the expected date by which the vacancies shall be filled up. The Division Bench further directed the authorities that the status report shall be filed in a tabulated form by adding the information furnished by the petitioner in paragraph Nos.5 to 26 of the writ petition. The Division Bench further directed that the status report shall include the details with regard to the posts of Consultants and Dental Surgeons.JNF

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