Taking up a petition filed by 35 multipurpose health workers (MPHWs) (male) seeking continuation in service on contract basis till regular posts are created, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued notice of motion to the Chandigarh administration and union ministry of health and family welfare for filing its reply in three weeks.
The directions came from the court headed by justice GS Sandhawalia on a petition filed by Kanwarjeet Singh and others. The court was informed that petitioners were employed on contract basis under National Health Mission (NHM) by Chandigarh administration during various periods from 2008 onwards and they were fully eligible for appointment on regular basis as MPHWs.NHM programme aims at giving easy access to health services to common man. The union health ministry had provided support to all states, including UT Chandigarh, for employing MPHWs on the condition that Chandigarh will create requisite number of regular posts of MPHWs within a definite time frame.
On Chandigarh administration’s request, the centre had extended the support till September 30 so that health services are not hampered. Since the UT administration did not create requisite number of regular posts of MPHWs, the central government vide its letter dated June 18 informed it that its support would not be available to the latter beyond September 30.
Thus, petitioners fear their removal from contract services after September 30. Petitioners have also sought age relaxation for submitting applications against 10 regular posts of MPHWs (male) recently advertised by UT health department, for its Malaria wing, as they have grown overaged during service under NHM. The case will be heard on September 12.