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HC gives DoH&FW 4 months to consider case on compassionate ground

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 16: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court on Wednesday directed the State’s Health Department to complete within 4 months the exercise of considering a woman’s case that she is qualified for the post of LDA-cum-Computer Assistant in the Department, on compassionate ground.
The ruling was delivered after Avika Awomi, wife of late Dr. Lhuveto Nyekha, had filed a writ petition against the State of Nagaland represented by the Chief Secretary; Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare; and Principal Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare.
According to an order issued by Justice Devashis Baruah, the petitioner had submitted that her husband, Dr. Lhuveto Nyekha, had died in harness on December 13, 2017 while serving as Medical Officer at Primary Health Centre, Tizit.
“The petitioner claims to be a BA (H) graduate with Diploma in Information Technology from NETTEC Computers, Kohima, and the petitioner is qualified to be considered to Group-C post of LDA-cum-Computer Assistant on compassionate ground”, it stated.
Accordingly, after her husband’s death, she had filed a representation on May 8, 2018 to the Principal Director of Health & Family Welfare “for the purpose of considering her case on the basis of the scheme of appointment on compassionate grounds”.
“It is the further case of the petitioner that as per the communication dated July 31, 2018, there were as many as 23 vacant posts in Group-C and thereupon there was an advertisement being made in the month of November 2018 by the respondent No. 3 (Principal Director), without considering the petitioner for compassionate appointment”, it stated.
After going through the submissions, Justice Baruah directed the authorities, particularly the Principal Director, to consider the representation of the petitioner and, if she is entitled, appoint her on compassionate.
“The concerned respondent authority shall complete the exercise of consideration of the petitioner’s representation within a period of 4 months from the date a certified copy of this order is served upon the respondent No. 3”, the order read.
(Page News Service)