Haryana health minister Rao Narender Singh on Thursday said that a special campaign had been launched to fill 282 posts of medical officers falling under the reserved categories.
He said that retired medical officers having specialised degrees would be re-employed on contract basis to deal with the shortage of doctors in the state. He said as many as 407 posts of medical officers were lying vacant in the health department.
Out of the total 407 posts, 282 posts belonged to reserved categories, which included 168 posts of Scheduled Castes, 67 for ex-servicemen and 47 for persons with disabilities. The posts of reserved categories could not be filled due to non-availability of suitable candidates, he said.
He said that a special campaign was on to fill the backlog of posts of medical officers belonging to Scheduled Castes under which the applications had already been invited to fill 168 posts of medical officers and their selection procedure would be completed by this month. New recruitment process would also be launched from January 2014 to fill posts of all categories, he added.
He categorically said that it had been decided that due to non-availability of candidates for posts reserved for ex-servicemen, 50 % of these posts would be filled from among general category candidates. Apart from this, the same procedure was under consideration to fill the vacant posts of medical officers under the category of persons with disabilities.
He also said that the number of specialists available in the cadre was very less therefore preference in recruitment was being given to the doctors having post graduate qualification. In order to ensure optimal utilisation of specialists, they had been deployed at general hospitals in order to provide specialised health facilities at the district level.