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State Govt. cancels appointments of 2 Dentists recruited during COVID pandemic

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DIMAPUR, MAY 14: Nagaland Government has cancelled the appointments of two out of five Dentists who were recruited as COVID emergency measures, following a petition in the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court challenging the appointments.
According to Court records, the petition was filed in 2023 by 15 Dentists from different districts of the State.
“The present writ petition has been filed inter alia seeking for the following reliefs: Quash and set aside the Notification No. HFW (A) COVID19/APPT-13/17/2020/543 dated November 2, 2022 insofar as it concerns the posts of Junior Dental Surgeon; and direct the State respondents to fill up the 5 posts of Junior Dental Surgeon through the Nagaland Public Service Commission strictly in accordance with the Nagaland Health Service Rules, 2006”, stated an order issued by Justice Kakheto Sema on Tuesday.
The Counsel for the petitioners submitted that by the Notification dated November 2, 2022, the Health & Family Welfare Department had notified the recruitment of 5 Junior Dental Surgeons through NPSC by a special recruitment drive.
“It is, however, submitted that the Notification issued by the Department to recruit the 5 (five) posts of Junior Dental Surgeon through NPSC by a Special Recruitment Drive is in violation of the rules framed by the Government under the Nagaland Health Service Rules, 2006”, it stated.
In response, the Counsel for the Health officials submitted that to address acute shortage of medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Cabinet in its meeting held on June 23, 2020, created various posts in Health & Family Welfare Department, including the 3 posts of Junior Dental Surgeons in CHCs.
Thereafter, the Department issued the Notification on July 2, 2020 for creation of various categories of posts, including the 3 posts of Junior Dental Surgeons.
“Today in the course of hearing of the case, Mr. N Mozhui, learned Counsel for the respondent Nos. 2 & 3 (Health officials), on instruction, submits that the Department will be making necessary corrections in the impugned Notification dated November 2, 2022, in so far as serial No. 4 relating to the 5 (five) posts of the Junior Dental Surgeon is concerned by notifying that only the 3 (three) posts which was created by the Cabinet in its meeting held on June 23, 2020, shall be notified for recruitment through NPSC by the special recruitment drive and the remaining 2 (two) posts of the Junior Dental Surgeon shall be recruited strictly in terms of Nagaland Health Service Rule, 2006”, it stated.
Imti Longjem, the Counsel for the petitioners, was not averse to this submission.
“In view of the submissions made by the learned Counsel for the parties, the present writ petition is disposed of with the direction to the State respondents, more particularly the respondent Nos. 2 & 3, to make necessary corrections in the Notification dated November 2, 2022 in respect of serial No. 4 and to notify only the 3 (three) posts of the Junior Dental Surgeons which was created by the Cabinet in its meeting held on June 23, 2020 be recruited through the NPSC by the special recruitment drive.
“The remaining 2 (two) posts shall be filled up strictly in terms of the Nagaland Health Service Rules, 2006”, the order read.
(Page News Service)

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