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Increase PGI staff in 3 months,HC to Centre

Terming it as ‘not a happy state of affair’,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Centre to take a final decision on the increase in the sanctioned strength of cadre posts in the Department of Radiography,PGI.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
March 27, 2009 1:32:25 am

Terming it as ‘not a happy state of affair’,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Centre to take a final decision on the increase in the sanctioned strength of cadre posts in the Department of Radiography,PGI. The directions were passed by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta in the wake of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by one Ishar Singh,a resident of Mohali.

The Central Government has been given three months’ time to take a decision,failing which the director,PGI,has been asked to take immediate action for filling up the 12 vacant posts.

“With the ever increasing population,there is a corresponding increase in patients. It is obvious that the existing staff is not sufficient to deal with patients. This is not a happy state of affairs,” the Bench ruled.

The court observed that patients are made to wait for treatment for as long as six months. While asserting that critical cases cannot be denied attention due to shortage of staff,the court held: “Not only should the sanctioned strength in various cadres be reviewed,it should also be ensured that no vacancies remain unfilled for a long time.”

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According to the petitioner,Ishar Singh,as many as 12 posts (3 posts for supervisors,five for technical assistants and four for senior technicians) have been lying vacant for the last ten years.

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