332 medical officers appointed for remote areas

To address shortage of doctors in rural and remote areas, the government on Friday issued a list of 332 doctors who have been appointed for posting in these areas.

The majority (290) of these doctors were in the waiting list of the candidates who had qualified the written test for the posts last year. The rest are the candidates whose results had been withheld by J&K Public Services Commission (PSC) because of some issues.

The fresh list has specified places of posting of the new appointees. Among the health centers that have received a doctor are sub-district hospital Drass, primary health center Sheikhpora Gurez, primary health center Kandi Kupwara and sub-district hospital Tanghdar.

The terms and conditions of the appointment have remained the same and the appointees have been directed to furnish an undertaking stating they will not claim any kind of leave for continuing post-graduation, registrar-ship or any other education/training, that they will necessarily work at the place of posting for five years and will not be eligible for transfer during this period.

These posts had fallen vacant in the past two months after 528 newly appointed medical officers were terminated for not joining their places of posting. Many doctors, who had been selected, had resigned from their posts.

More than 700 posts had remained vacant despite government’s efforts to fill the vacancies on fast-track basis. The government then announced that it would pick candidates from the waiting.

Although SRO 538 of J&K Special Recruitment Rules 2015 was amended last year to pave way for the PSC to furnish a waiting list “up to 50 percent of total number of posts advertised”, an official said that only 300 names had been finalised from the waiting list.

He said despite the fresh select list, over 300 posts would still remain vacant, depriving rural masses from basic healthcare.