The Uttarakhand High Court at Nainital, on Thursday has seek reply from the State Government of Uttarakhand as to why the State Government has chosen not to give age relaxation, while selecting candidates for the regular posts of Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors, to those doctors whose services were engaged, on a contractual basis, for the past several years.
The Court also asked the Deputy Advocate General appeared on the behalf of State of Uttarakhand to inform the Court in the next hearing that whether or not the petitioners’ doctors services are sought to be terminated and also ascertain whether any regular process of promotion is being undertaken to the post of Associate Professors and Professors, which may result in these posts being filled-up; and the petitioners doctors being denied the opportunity to participate in the selection/promotion to these posts.
A Division bench comprised of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice R.C. Khulbe, heard the writ petition filed by the doctors of State of Uttarakhand who were appointed on the Contractual basis, whereby the respondents are the State Government and Uttarakhand Medical Service Selection Board.
According to the copy of advertisement which had been filed by the petitioner, whereby the respondent Uttarakhand Medical Service Selection Board had invited applications for different posts of Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors. The applicants’ or petitioner’s grievance was that no age relaxation has been given to those Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors who have been working under the State Government, for the past several years, on a contractual basis.
It was contended by the petitioners that their services are sought to be dis-continued despite the COVID-19 pandemic when the services of qualified doctors are essential and unless the Writ Petition is adjudicated at the earliest, they will suffer unemployment and resultant loss of livelihood.
Therefore, on request made by the K.N. Joshi, learned Deputy Advocate General appeared on behalf of the State of Uttarakhand, the High Court listed the matter for 27th May, 2020.
Read the order here;Uttarakhand-HC-order-regarding-termination-of-doctors-in-the-state
-India Legal Bureau