GMSH: ‘Promote eligible officers in 3 months’

The direction was issued with regard to the regularization of services of applicants,who after doing their MBBS,were appointed as Assistant Medical Officers (Class 3) against sanctioned posts between 1997 and 1999

Written by Shishir Tripathi | Chandigarh | Published: August 14, 2013 3:13 am

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Tuesday directed the UT administration to consider the promotion plea of the Assistant Medical Officers (AMOs) at Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 as per recruitment rules and grant them promotion within a period of three months if found eligible.

The direction was issued with regard to the regularization of services of applicants,who after doing their MBBS,were appointed as Assistant Medical Officers (Class 3) against sanctioned posts between 1997 and 1999.

Dr Anjali Gupta,one of the applicants,approached CAT and an order was passed on August 17 ,2010 in which the applicants were held entitled to be appointed on a regular basis after completion of 10 years of service.

Accordingly,in compliance with the tribunal’s order,they were regularised from October 27,2007 ,June 17,2009 and June 30,2009 respectively. Also,promotions from the post of AMOs to Medical Officers (MO) was due to the petitioners.

According to recruitment rules,an AMO with three years service is eligible for promotion to the post of MO.

The applicant had approached the tribunal as the respondents were not considering their claims for promotion despite there being sufficient number of posts as MO. As the applicants had completed the required three years of service,they were eligible for promotion.

The tribunal observed in the order that it is a settled law that promotion cannot be claimed as a matter of right nor it is a condition of service. However,an eligible person has the right to be considered for promotion in accordance with law.

The CAT cited the case of Raghunath Prasad Singh v/s Secretary,Home,Government of Bihar and others,in which the SC stressed upon the need for providing promotional avenues by observing that promotion generates efficiency in service. According to the apex court in the absence of promotional prospects,service is bound to degenerate.

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