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Docs' promotions: SC seeks answers from Govt

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to explain why the number of regularised doctors' promotion declined.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 18:38 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to explain why the number of regularised doctors to be promoted to the Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) came down to 41 from 134, which was mentioned in its earlier affidavit.

The direction came from a Bench comprising Chief Justice YK Sabharwal, Justice CK Thakker and Justice RV Raveendran after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) R Mohan told the court that Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) has already cleared the promotion of 41 regularised doctors to SAG and a notification was likely to be issued shortly.

The court asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to file an affidavit explaining its position after senior counsel Vaidyanathan submitted on behalf of regularised doctors pointed out that according to the Ministry's earlier affidavit altogether 134 doctors were to be promoted to SAG.

On behalf of the regularly appointed doctors, senior counsel L Nageshwar Rao submitted that the promotions were being made at the cost of his clients who deserved to be promoted to the next grade.

Rao said that the regularised doctors constituted only 3.8 per cent of the total doctors employed by the Central Government and as per rules the total number of promotions meant for them at present could be only 12.

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 18:22 IST