AYUSH doctors appeal for merit-based recruitment

NVCO and AYUSH doctors held a joint meeting held in Kohima on June 29.
NVCO and AYUSH doctors held a joint meeting held in Kohima on June 29.

Submits five-point demand to the government

 

Kohima, July 3 (MExN): The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) and concerned AYUSH Doctors of Nagaland discussed the “grievances/ill treatment/discrimination” faced by AYUSH doctors of Nagaland with regard to recruitment in their joint meeting held in Kohima on June 29.


NVCO in its press statement informed that the concerned AYUSH doctors highlighted grievances especially in recruitment and expressed apprehension that the Health department may select only 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.


The organization 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. 


The concerned AYUSH doctors were aggrieved by the department’s recent statement that posts would be filled through open recruitment, but 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.


According to the NVCO statement, currently there are about 150 AYUSH doctors including Masters degree holders. 


NVCO highlighted the Chief Secretary’s  notification on August 23, 2019 which mentioned that cases of overage appointment would not be entertained under any circumstances.


It also mentioned the High Court order banning contract/ad-hoc appointment and disallowing the state government from appointing and regularising services of employees who had completed three years of continuous services. 

 

Meanwhile, the concerned AYUSH doctors have placed the following demands before the state government:
1.    All the posts of medical doctors (AYUSH) be recruited through the conduct of open competitive examination by NPSC.
2.    To create post for senior medical officers (AYUSH) apart from medical officer (AYUSH)
3.    To have weightage for MD for all exams or interview in AYUSH Medical Officer post
4.    To segregate the post of the five different systems -  AYUSH (A-Ayurveda, Y-Yoga, U-Unami, S-Siddha,  H-Homoeopathy)
5.    Create more posts and filled up the vacant posts besides the recent 11 posts.