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JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of the State High Court comprising First Puisne Judge Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta on Wednesday directed Senior AAG H.A Siddiqui appearing for the Health and Medical Education Department J&K Government to apprise the Court with regard to the filling of the post of Director Health Services (DHS), Jammu and action taken by the State Government in this regard.
The court directions came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a renowned RTI Activist Balwinder Singh highlighting shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in various health institutions of Jammu Province.
Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed appearing for the petitioner submitted that Health Department in Jammu Province is headless for the last two weeks and no effort is being made by the State Government to post a suitable incumbent against the post of Director Health Services, Jammu. Advocate S.S. Ahmed further submitted that the Health Services are essential services and a very wrong signal is going in the society and Health Department due to non-filling of the post of DHS, Jammu. Advocate Ahmed further submitted that the issue of non-filling of the aforesaid post has also been highlighted both in electronic as well as print media but the State Government has remained unmoved as till date this prime slot is lying vacant.
It was also submitted that despite considerable time the State Government has failed to respond to the instant PIL inspite of acute shortage of doctors and para-medical staff in the various district hospitals, sub-district hospitals, primary health centres, community health centres and dispensaries in Jammu Province which has been substantiated by the response given by Directorate of Health Services Jammu to the RTI application moved by Balwinder Singh-writ petitioner. Advocate Ahmed further submitted that in rural areas the health care is almost paralysed and there is immense load of patients at Government Medical College & Hospital, Jammu.
At this stage Senior AAG H.A. Siddiqui submitted that he has received a compilation from the Administrative Department and a proper reply will be filed very shortly to the PIL. The Senior AAG sought and was allowed two weeks time to file response to the instant PIL.
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