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Allahabad High Court directs Uttar Pradesh govt to fill up vacant senior-level posts of doctors in all medical colleges immediately

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The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to fill up the vacant senior level posts of doctors in all medical colleges of the state immediately. Also the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is directed to personally oversee and make sincere efforts to see that not only at Meerut and Saharanpur but in all the other state medical colleges senior-level posts are timely advertised and vacancies are filled expeditiously as it directly affects the teaching of the students.

The single-judge bench of Justice Alok Mathur noted that the Court has an opportunity to notice the situation where at such a senior level in two medical colleges, there is acute shortage of senior staff including the post of Professor in the Radio-Diagnosis Department which has led to passing of the order while hearing a petition filed by Dr. Yasmeen Usmani.

It has been submitted by Senior Counsel for petitioner that petitioner is a Professor in the Radio-Diagnosis Department and presently she is posted at Shaikh-Ul-Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan Medical College, Saharanpur and by means of the order dated August 24, 2021, she has been directed to perform duties for four days in a week at the Medical College, Meerut while the remaining two days, she will be working at Saharanpur.

Counsel for petitioner further submitted that piquant situation has arisen on account to the fact that between both the medical colleges, the petitioner is only the Professor in the RadioDiagnosis Department and consequently due to acute shortage of vacancy of specialist in the field of Radio-Diagnosis Department, the services of the petitioner has been divided in the two medical colleges.

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Counsel for respondent on the other hand have supported the order stating that the same has been passed in the public interest as well as in the interest of the patients and consequently she is the only Professor in the Radio-Diagnosis Department she has been asked to perform the duties for four days in a week at Meerut and two days at Saharanpur.

It has been submitted that petitioner being a lady commuting 150 km twice a week is a heavy burden and consequently prays that she may be permitted to resume and continue with her services at Medical College, Meerut.

Senior Counsel for petitioner also submitted that the grievances of the petitioner shall be substantially met in case she is permitted to make a fresh representation to the state and who may be directed to consider and decide the same expeditiously in accordance with law.

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The counsel for respondents have no objection, in case such a direction is issued.

Accordingly, the petition is disposed of with a liberty to the petitioner to make a fresh representation before the Principal Secretary, Medical Education, Government of UP, Lucknow within two weeks’ and in case a representation is made before the Principal Secretary within time, then the same shall be considered and decided in accordance with law expeditiously, say, within a period of four weeks thereafter and communicate the decision to the petitioner, the court ordered.

“It also transpires that the said situation is in existence since at least 2018 and for the last two years not much efforts have been made to make fresh appointments to the post of Professor in the Radio-Diagnosis Department and even in case the efforts have been made they have not been successful in filling the vacancy,”

-the order reads.

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