ATSUM submits

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, alleging anomalies/ malpractices in the examination for the recruitment 300 Manipur Health Services Grade IV Medical Officer and 11 Manipur Health Services Grade IV Dental Surgeon of the Health Department conducted by the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC).
According to a press release issued by the president and general secretary of ATSUM, the memorandum stated that MPSC issued a recruitment notification for filling up 300 posts of medical officers and 11 dental surgeons in the Health Department on November 20 last year through a written examination and an interview.
The written examination was held with a minimum qualification mark of 40, 35 and 30 percents for unreserved, OBC and ST/SC respectively, it stated and reasoned that the benchmark lacks rationality as it deterred the filling up of the required posts. It mentioned that all the applicants are licensed doctors authorised by the Medical Council of India to treat patients and practice their profession in any institution.
ATSUM further claimed that the attempt to improve the health sector of the State by the Government through appointment of medical officers, has been rendered useless by such irrational criteria of minimum qualification marks which are being included in the examination, thus resulting in only 55 candidates passing the written examination.
It further mentioned that in line with the instruction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, India, for filling up backlog reserved vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs in various Departments, ATSUM has been appealing the State Government to fill up all the backlog vacancies of STs by conducting special recruitment drives.
ATSUM stated that although the State Government has taken up special recruitment drives in some of the Departments, many other, including Manipur Health Department, have failed to conduct such recruitment drives till date.
It also alleged that in the recruitment notification, the said Department failed to advertise more than 250 ST backlog vacancies of medical officers.
The association appealed to the Chief Minister to do the needful to rectify the scheme of examination and issue a fresh recruitment notice for filling up the vacant posts of medical officers including the backlog vacancies of OBC, ST and SC at the earliest.

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