Non-APHS doctors question TRIHMS recruitment circular

ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Alleging violation of recruitment rule, the doctors not under Arunachal Pradesh Health Services has demanded cancellation of the circular issued recently by the Director of Medical Education Training & Research, GoAP to fill up the various faculty posts of Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science (TRIHMS).
In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, the group of doctors stated that the Director of Medical Education Training & Research, Naharlagun issued the circular for filling up of the posts of Assistant Professor (25), Epidemiologist (1), Senior Resident/Registrar (18), Jr. Resident (25), Demonstrator/Tutor (11) and Lady Medical Officer (3) from the candidates among Arunachal Pradesh Health Service (APHS) Cadre without calling public advertisement from other eligible candidates.
“It is a violation of the Rule 20 of the Memorandum of Association of the TRIHMS,” stated the memorandum.
“The Rule 20 of the Memorandum of Association states, Appointment of the Teaching Faculty shall be as per the rules framed by the council in consonance with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and other statutory councils as the case may be,” they said.
“Under MCI guidelines, there is no provision for giving preference to state health employees. Therefore, calling candidatures of the APHS cadre only is blatant violation of the Rule 20 of Memorandum of Association of the TRIHMS,” they said.
This notification, if brought into action would lead to deprivation of the eligible candidates, who are already working as Assistant Professor, Senior Residents or in other capacities at various places / medical colleges. This would also lead to brain draining of the best and capable doctor (s), said the memorandum.
“To establish a sound, healthy and conducive environment for teaching – learning as well as quality health service delivery, it is of utmost necessity that the process of recruitment must be free, fair, unbiased, transparent, and there should be prevalence of meritocracy with opportunity open to all. ”
“Furthermore, the institution of Healthcare and health service delivery demands that the people with excellence are employed for the purpose, for this institute directly caters to the Right to Life guaranteed by Article 21 of the Constitution. And any attempt to dilute the process of selecting the best among the best for this institution of health service, thereby compromising the quality of the institution, will come in direct conflict with Article 21 of the Constitution.”
The group of doctors appealed to the Chief Minister to immediately recall the Circular in the greater interest of the public and to direct the Director, Medical Education Training & Research to fill up the posts through open competition.