Pradeep Pattanayak

Clearing the hurdles in the appointment of 7,483 nursing officers, the Orissa High Court on Tuesday modified its May 1, 2023 interim order and ordered that the state government can appoint nurses. 

Last year, a notification was published by the Odisha Sub-Ordinate Staff Selection Commission (OSSSC) for the recruitment of 7,483 nursing officers.

The recruitment examination was conducted on March 19, this year. Thereafter, some pharmacists knocked on Orissa High Court’s door and demanded preferences as they discharged their duties as Corona Yodha during Covid times. 

Hearing the petition on May 1, the state’s apex court had directed the government to continue with the recruitment process but not to announce results. Because of this, aspiring nursing officers were affected. So they filed a petition before the High Court, seeking a reconsideration of the order. 

They contended that due to the non-appointment of 7,483 nursing officers, the service delivery at 30 district headquarters hospitals, 13 medical colleges, CHCs and PHCs was crippled. Hearing the petition, the Orissa High Court today passed its modified judgment. 

According to the modified judgment, no appointment will be made in the vacant posts of pharmacists and the impasse on the recruitment of nursing officers has been lifted by way of a modification of order.

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