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Offer VRS to docs with physical disability: HC

IN ORDER to make the State health service efficient, the Allahabad High Court has asked the State government to make a list of government doctors with permanent physical disability and offer them voluntary retirement. The court asked the State government to prepare a list of ?permanent disabled government doctors?, at least having 50 percent disability, from each district of the State.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 00:12 IST

IN ORDER to make the State health service efficient,  the  Allahabad High Court has asked the State government to make a list of government doctors with permanent physical disability and offer them voluntary retirement.

The court asked the State government  to prepare a list of ‘permanent disabled government doctors’, at least having 50 percent disability, from each district of the State. The court directed to place this list before the ‘high powered medical board’ to verify the facts and if disability is found genuine, offer them voluntary retirement.

Passing these directives, a Division Bench comprising Justice Amitava Lala and Justice VC Mishra further directed the government in case it appeared that any incumbent had relied upon fake documents to stall the transfer process, disciplinary action should be taken against him.

“Showing any sympathy with the doctors at the cost of patients in attending hospital duties is misplaced sympathy. On the other hand, a doctor is doing highly specialised and sophisticated job. Therefore, if he loses his service, he can survive by private practice, in the manner he desired,” said the court.

The court further observed, “Since, it is highly sophisticated job, there is no dearth of work. But not rendering service to patients  at public places such as hospitals etc as per the requirement of the State and obtaining salary is an offence to the oath of a doctor”.

The court accordingly disposed of a writ petition filed by Dr Anup Kumar of Ghaziabad district, upholding his transfer order on the ground of 60 percent disability. As per the certificate issued by CMO Ghaziabad, in favour of the petitioner on December 19, he is a permanently physically handicapped person.

The court, after considering 60 percent permanent disability of the petitioner, said it was a question before the court how such doctors would render service to the patients and whether they would be a burden on the State or not.

The court remarked that a doctor had to be physically fit and mentally alert in all respect. There might be temporary disability which could be cured. In such cases, the State government could stall his transfer order for some time. In rare cases, the court could also interfere  with the transfer, it said.

HC directive to State govt

THE ALLAHABAD High Court has directed the State government to supply all Bare Acts and law journals to the collectorates and also set up libraries in the collectorates, to be used by the Revenue and Consolidation authorities in order to keep them abreast with the latest developments in revenue matters.

This order was passed by Justice SN Srivastava on a writ petition of one Shanti Devi, who had challenged the order of deputy director of Consolidation, Ghazipur, on the ground that the order had been passed in contravention of the judgment passed by the High Court. Passing the order, the court observed that establishment of library was necessary to enable the authorities concerned to keep abreast with the latest decisions of the High Court as well as of the Supreme Court at least in the revenue matters.