Doctors demand promotions

Ratodero, Sindh: Doctors awaiting promotion for last about 20 years have demanded giving them their due promotions. In a meeting held in Larkana on Thursday under the chairmanship of Dr. Abdul Qayoom Rajpar, senior vice president, Sindh Doctors Coordination Committee, they demanded adoption of the same policy as is applicable to CSS officers of the country.

They said that there are two different laws for gazetted government servants, which is violation of the constitution of Pakistan that guarantees equal rights. They said two promotion policies for government officials is discriminatory and denial of basic rights. They said that there are many vacancies in the health department but due to bureaucratic incompetency they are not being filled.

They said the High Court of Sindh has issued orders in their favour directing the provincial health department to give them regular promotions but to no avail. They said that as many as 601 doctors were appointed in 1995 by Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto government but these doctors have yet to get promotion and they are still working in same grade of BPS-17 in which they were appointed. They said these doctors are serving in the rural areas despite poor law & order situation.

SDCC in a resolution demanded immediate holding of DPC meeting to resolve the issue without loss of further time.

Dr. Qayoom Rajpar told PPI that as per seniority list there are 3886 doctors in BS-17, 1984 in BS-18, 1096 in BS-19 and out them six doctors have been given unlawful out-of-turn promotions with the approval of the Chief Executive of the Province (CM) and 44 doctors are working in BS-20 out of which 8 have so far retired and some others will retire during the current year. He said these figures have been obtained from Health Department website.

Dr Rajpar said that Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting has not been held since 2011. Giving an example he said that one Dr. Manzoor was appointed in 1995 and he will retire on 21.3.2014 in the same scale i.e., BPS-17 without getting any service benefits despite giving his life to the health department.

He said there are 148 sanctioned posts of Senior Medical Officers (BS-18) out of which 79 are filled and 69 are vacant in the largest teaching Hospital of upper Sindh: Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana.

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