UPSC files reply in GMCH director selection petition

During the resumed hearing of the petition filed by five doctors of the GMCH,Sector 32 in the matter pertaining to the selection of the next director principal of the GMCH,the UPSC on Thursday filed its reply before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 12, 2012 1:00 am

During the resumed hearing of the petition filed by five doctors of the GMCH,Sector 32 in the matter pertaining to the selection of the next director principal of the GMCH,the UPSC on Thursday filed its reply before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

In its reply,the UPSC stated that for filling up of the post of Director of the GMCH,the UT administration issued an advertisement which was published in the newspaper inviting applications from candidates fulfilling conditions as prescribed in Recruitment rules.

In response to department circulation/ advertisement,of vacancy,the complete proposal was forwarded by the department for selection by deputation basis and was received by the commission on December 8,2011,that included nine applications.

The proposal received from the Chandigarh administration did not include the applications from the petitioners Dr Atul Sachdev and others.

Further,the letter states that the eligibility of the candidates has been decided by the commission and the other five candidates were called for interview on August 16.

However,as per the directions of the court,dated August 13,that the selection process had been postponed by the commission,it was submitted that it is the commission’s prerogative to decide the eligibility of the candidates and recommend them after holding the selection process.

When the post was advertised for in the news it was open to all citizens fulfilling the eligibility conditions. In other words,the applicants and others were free to apply whereas determining eligibility was the commission’s duty. Hence the commission has no comment to offer on the eligibility of the applicants as it was not in the receipt of their applications,biodata with the proposal,the letter said.

The petition that came up for hearing today was filed by Dr A K Attri,Dr Atul Sachdeva,Dr S K Garg,Dr Ram Singh and Dr Anju Huria,on August 13 in the tribunal,seeking clarity on the eligibility criteria for the coveted post besides by Dr S K Singh,urologist from PGIMER.

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