STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: High Court came to rescue of In-service Medical Officer who wanted to undergo higher studies by issuing directions for regulating the process. Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of State High Court directed State Government to constitute a Committee for issuing NOC in favour of such eligible in-service Medical Officers/ other doctors desirous of undergoing higher study courses/ applying against the tenure posts from now onwards. High Court also directed that the Committee, so constituted, shall invite applications from amongst the eligible in-service Medical Officers/ other doctors desirous of undergoing higher study courses/ applying against the tenure posts in the first week of January of each year and the Committee shall, thereafter, scrutinize the applications received from the in-service Medical Officers/ other doctors and, on proper consideration and having regard to the guidelines framed vide Circular No.03-HME of 2019 dated May 27, 2019 with reference to providing quality health care facilities to the general public as also the rights and interests of these eligible Medical Officers/ other doctors, make recommendations in favour of eligible Medical Officers/ other doctors for undergoing higher study courses/ applying against tenure posts in a particular year on the basis of seniority. High Court directed the Government shall, thereafter, consider the recommendations of the Committee and finalize the list of Medical Officers/ other doctors with reference to grant of NOC in the last week of February of each year and no application form of any in-service Medical Officer/ other Doctor shall be entertained after the aforesaid process is completed. While dismissing the petition filed by Dr. Abdul Roof and others seeking direction to respondents to allow the petitioners to complete the process of selection for the tenure posts of Registrars and Demonstrator in disciplines of Social and Preventive Medicine and Anatomy in respondent college, advertised in terms of advertisement notification dated May 20, 2019 and June 13, 2019 and consequently the respondents be directed to issue NOC to the petitioners and respondent be directed to allow the petitioners to complete the process of selection for the aforesaid tenure posts. In the event the petitioners succeed on the basis of their merit in such process of selection the respondents shall be directed to select and appoint the petitioners for the tenure posts of Registrars and Demonstrator in their respective disciplines in respondent college on the basis of their merit and suitability by properly relieving them by the respondents, to that effect the appropriate writs may be issued in favour of the petitioners and against the respondents as same shall be in the interests and equity. The high court said that Government, in addition to the policy formulated by them in the shape of Circular No.03-HME of 2019 dated May 27, 2019 for regulating the process of undergoing higher study courses/ applying against the tenure posts by the in-service Medical Officers, having regard to providing quality health care facilities to the general public as also the rights and interests of the in-service Medical Officers, need to devise a mechanism so that no in-service Medical Officer is dragged to the Court unnecessarily.
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