Doctors demand amendment of APHS Cadre Rules 2000

ITANAGAR, Sep 18: Taking strong note of the illegitimate appointments of few senior officers in the Directorate of Health Services, the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) on September 17 submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Pema Khandu to amend the APHS Cadre Rules, 2000 at the earliest.
The APDA in its representation strongly opposed the movement of few senior officers from the directorate, who were allegedly trying to grab senior administrative grade posts, including the Director of Health Services, without going through the Departmental Promotion Committee.
It also claimed that the APHS Cadre Rules, 2000, which is the backbone of the career progression of every serving doctor, has never been revisited, thereby depriving many deserving seniors and capable doctors from being assigned administrative and programme posts, because of the non-clarity in the cadre rules.
The APDA also requested the government to provide a hearse vehicle to all district hospitals to lift dead bodies and sought the intervention of the Chief Minister in getting all the hospitals deployed with security personnel round the clock.
Appealing to the Chief Minister for dismissal of appointments to the Directorate of Health Services till the amendment of the APHS Cadre Rules 2000, the APDA said that failing to do so would otherwise amount to discordant amongst the in-service doctors of the entire state and may lead to democratic movement.
Memorandums were also submitted on September 13 and 15 to the Chief Secretary, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Family Welfare and Secretary Administrative Reforms and Personnel regarding the same.