IDANSB alleges discrepancies in recruitment process

Reiterates demand for posts to be requisitioned to NPSC

Kohima, October 27 (MExN): The IDANSB (Indian Dental Association Nagaland State Branch) on Tuesday expressed resentment regarding the selection process carried out by the State Health and Family Welfare department for the five junior dental surgeon posts.   

In its letter to the Principal Director of the State Heath and Family Welfare department, the IDANSB alleged certain discrepancies in the selection process.

In view of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the department of Health and Family welfare instead of conducting written examination, decided to adopt a fast track recruitment policy, the letter stated.

Under the fast track policy, certain terms and conditions were also set and notified by the department for the recruitment, it added.

The IDANSB said that as per the advertisement issued by the Government of Nagaland, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare on July 16 last, it was mentioned that points would be awarded for possession of higher qualification(PG diploma -3 points, PG degree -6 points, PG Doctoral Degree -10 points) and 2 points per year for work experience.

The Association however alleged that there were gross discrepancies in the distribution of marks. Applicants with higher qualification were not awarded points for possession of higher qualification, it claimed. 

There were also discrepancies in marks distribution for candidates with work experience. Some applicants with work experience who had furnished documents of their work experience were not awarded due points, the IDANSB claimed.

“Also, there is error in the merit list regarding percentage of shortlisted candidates,” it added.

The Association said that the manner in which the department is conducting the recruitment without following the terms and conditions “is utterly arbitrary and unreasonable.”

It added that two posts were lying vacant subsequent to the creation of director dental and superannuation of Dr N Savino. The IDANSB expressed displeasure that recruitment for these two posts also falls under the fast track recruitment policy when the department could have sent it for NPSC requisition as the post was lying vacant long before the COVID-19 outbreak.

The IDANSB laid down two demands to the department asking it to issue a new list of short listed candidates after thorough scrutiny following all the terms and conditions.

It demanded sending the five posts of Junior Dental Surgeon for NPSC requisition, "so that the Commission can initiate recruitment process as per the laid down rules and regulations which will provide fair and equal opportunity to all aspiring candidates."

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