HC unhappy with health department

Cuttack: Expressing displeasure over the functioning of Health department and its evasive attitude to several orders passed by the state high court, a division bench of the court has directed the state chief secretary to respond to the notices of the HC on the matter.

Justices B P Das and Indrajit Mohanty asked the chief secretary to reply by December 9 what action the health department has taken in response to earlier court orders pertaining to filling up of vacancies of assistant professors in three government-run medical colleges and hospitals.

The HC on November 4 this year had asked the state government and Odisha Public Service Commission to complete the recruitment process for all vacant posts of assistant professors in teaching hospitals within three months. But the HC on Thursday was appalled to note that no step has been taken at government level to begin the recruitment process even nearly a month after the order was passed.

How could the government be so irresponsive to the HC order, although we modified the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) order to facilitate the recruitment process?, the bench queried.

Nearly 180 posts of assistant professors are lying vacant in different departments of the medical colleges. The bench also asked the chief secretary to ensure that the nephrology department of VSS medical college was made functional within seven days by appointing a permanent professor as HoD.

The department is lying defunct for last three years without a professor to head it and all machinery and equipment have been rendered useless for lack of repair and proper maintenance, alleged the amicus curie Pravat Kumar Dash.