JAMMU: In yet another brazen act of discrimination with the Jammu based employees of various departments of the Union Territory Administration, non-implementation of SRO-696 has adversely hit and affected the service career of the various categories of the staff of Health and Family Welfare Department, including Community Health Officers (CHOs).
Notwithstanding, the notification issued by Atal Duloo, in his capacity as Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department in 2019, clearly stating that SRO-696 will come into force with immediate effect, its implementation at ground zero is still awaited, much to the chagrin of the concerned staff, the Community Health Officers in particular, whose number is 373 in the Union Territory. Of these, almost all the in service CHOs from the Valley have reportedly been covered under the SRO-696 while 46 out of 157 CHOs in the Jammu Division still find themselves left in lurch.Some of the adversely hit CHOs told STATE TIMES that the reason behind delay in the implementation of the SRO stems from the intrigues and representations from the retired CHOs of the Valley, who want their placement in the new scale of 52,700-166700 (Level-9) to derive enhanced pensionary benefits. They said they had no objection to it but while majority of the serving CHOs have already been covered, why they have been left out, especially as the anomaly in respect of their Valley-based counterparts has been undone.The notification states, “In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to Article 309 of the Constitution of India, the Governor is pleased to direct that the cadre of the (Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare [Subordinate (Non-Gazetted) Service) for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir upon exclusion of the posts of Union Territory of Ladakh, shall comprise the posts as indicated in Schedule-1 to this notification, subject to any modifications as may be necessary. This shall come into force with immediate effect.”Pertinently, the Community Health Officers of the Kashmir Division had already been given the benefit of the higher grade attached to the post on the basis of the judgement of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. To this, the CHOs of the Jammu Division too represented to the Health and Medical Education Department that being placed in the similar circumstances, they too be granted the similar grade and placement. However, the anomaly continued till the Governor rectified the discriminatory nature of treatment to the same category of the employees and approved the SRO-696 on 25 October 2019.In the normal course of official procedure, the SRO, which benefits the various categories of posts, CHOs included, should have come into effect on immediate basis but that was not to be. The irked employees have been running helter-skelter for redressal but except for being tossed from ‘one authority’ to ‘the other’, nothing concrete has emerged during the past nearly two years. This has brought demoralizing effect on the CHOs, who figure at S. No 54 of the Schedule-1 to the SRO-696 of 25 October 2019.The left-out Jammu-based CHOs have urged the Addl Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department Atal Duloo to intervene, by sparing some of his testing time from the COVID management engagements, into the matter and ensure redressal of their grievances.“There cannot be two yardsticks in dispensing justice”, they rued.
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