‘Rural Service’ Doctors Threaten Mass Resignation, Self Immolation

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Agitated over refusal for consideration to counselling after selection to PG Courses by the Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE), selected candidates working under National Rural Health Mission have threatened to tender mass resignation in case the authorities did not hold their counselling.

They threatened to commit suicide in case they were not allowed to pursue higher studies.

A group of candidates who have been selected to MD/MS/ Diploma courses under rural service category flayed the BOPEE authorities for refusing counselling to them even after going through the selection procedure. The candidates have now approached a lower court for redressal of their grievances and plan to approach the J&K High court on Monday.

“Three candidates among us have already approached a lower court and five more of us will approach the High Court on Monday so that directions are issued to BOPEE authorities,” said one of the candidates

“When we went for counselling, we were shocked to know that we are not eligible under some rule, but the same is no where mentioned in the advertisement or the brochure,” said one of the candidates adding, “We have given precious years of our service to the department after working in rural and far flung areas but now we are being betrayed and back stabbed after going through the grilling selection process.”

“We have been left with no other option but to commit self immolation and commit suicide. If missions like NRHM are meant to inflict insult upon us, they should wind up such schemes,” said another doctor.

The candidates said that they had approached several authorities in this regard but ‘were given a cold shoulder’.

When contacted Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said the candidates have rightfully being awarded rural service certificates. “The issue has not been discussed with me but it is an injustice if they are not given the benefit. They have gained experience after working in rural areas and they definitely deserve the benefit,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mission Director National Rural Health Mission, Dr Yash Pal Sharma echoed similar sentiments. He said, “These doctors are working in remotest areas of the state and I feel they should get the benefit,” Sharma added. He assured the candidates that he would take up the matter with concerned authorities and asked them not to get agitated.

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