Males hired as midwives in Sindh, says petitioner

SC tells province to submit inquiry report into illegal appointments case


Hasnaat Malik June 01, 2016
SC tells province to submit inquiry report into illegal appointments case PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Expressing displeasure over 273 alleged illegal appointments in Sindh health department, the Supreme Court asked the provincial inquiry committee to submit its report on the matter within two weeks.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, while heading the three-judge bench, remarked why the Sindh government did not follow rules and regulations while making public sector appointments.

The chief justice questioned whether the provincial government wanted to hush up the matter by setting up committees. He observed that it was the right of the people of Sindh to get appointed in public sector departments on merit.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali took suo motu notice on appointments, promotions and adjustments in the Sindh health department without the publication of any advertisement or holding any interview. This is the current year’s first suo motu action initiated by the chief justice.

The CJP took the initiative after an application was filed by president of the Jacobabad chapter of Pakistan Para Medical Staff Association Akber Ali Khoso.

While cataloguing irregularities, he even alleged that males had been appointed against posts of nurses and midwives.

The appellant contended that illegal selections were made on the basis of bogus structures in the provincial health department.

He stated that he had approached the apex court after exhausting all possibilities, adding that he had sent in complaints to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), relevant federal and provincial authorities without any success and it appeared as if his applications had been dumped.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2016.

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