The Central Administrative Tribunal's (CAT) directions asking the UT administration to consider promotion of five doctors working as assistant medical officers (AMOs) with Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, within three months have come as a ray of hope for them.
There are total 16 vacant posts of medical officers in Chandigarh. The directions were passed by the tribunal while allowing the application moved by Anjali Gupta, Rajwinderjit Singh, Deepak Sharma, Monika Shingari and Sonia Arora, all working as AMOs with GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh.
They had moved the tribunal seeking directions to UT administration to consider them for promotion to the post of medical officers in Chandigarh.
The tribunal in its order said: "Applicants had been appointed AMOs against sanctioned regular posts between 1997 and 1999 and as per the rules AMO with a three-year service is eligible for promotion to the post of medical officer. UT administration is thus directed to consider the case of the applicants for promotion to the post of medical officers within a period of three months and if found eligible give them promotion."
The applicants had alleged that the UT administration intends to fill up these 16 posts of promotion quota by way of deputation, which is not permissible under the rules. They claimed that the posts of medical officers can only be filled on deputation in event if no AMO in the UT cadre is eligible.
These five AMOs in the application moved before the tribunal had maintained that all posts of medical officers meant for promotion quota were lying vacant in Chandigarh. The applicants claimed that there were 16 posts according to the quota fixed in recruitment rules for promotion and all posts were lying vacant.
As applicants were regularised as assistant medical officers on completion of 10 years' service in September 2011, they claimed that as per the rules, assistant medical officers with three-years' service were eligible for promotion to the post of medical officers. The applicants claimed that they have rendered about 15 years of service and despite being eligible were still not being considered for promotion.