Teachers Association of Medical College Tanda, Kangra (TAMCOT) has demanded posting of the Director National Health Mission (NHM) and additional directors in medical colleges in the medical fraternity in the public interest.

Demanding for urgent redressal TAMCOT president Dr RS Jaswal said on Tuesday that the posts of NHM and Administrative officer in medical colleges (Additional Directors) should be filled from the college faculty or Medical officers, those who have undergone or possessing Hospital administration courses only as non-medical persons holding these posts are leading to implementation problems of national programmes and wastage of money unnecessarily.

The association charged that many unnecessary meetings are called by NHM director, just to satisfy ego and when the medical faculty reaches Shimla no meeting is held as the director is unavailable for the same. “The extension in service to administrative posts like Head of the Departments (HODs), Principals of medical colleges and Director Medical Education (DME) in Medical Education department after the age of 62 years should be stopped.

The extension if any should be for teaching only and in no way for an administrative post,” demanded the Association.

They justified the demand by stating that it is not serving the purpose of staff requirement in colleges, few people are serving on these administrative posts for more than 10 years and also this is not being followed in other states in India.

Furthermore, the policy that is being followed in Haryana and Central government medical institutes with regard to extension or re-employment is only for teaching purpose and not administrative purpose, they said, adding that the policy is leading to selective extension of few people only and it is blocking the promotion avenues of the faculty due for next promotion and young faculty.

TAMCOT said, “The policy will create vacuum after a few years leading to tired and retired, as these people will demand further extension till 70 to 80 years.”

The random appointments by pick and choose method made in new medical colleges without considering the seniority should be investigated as some juniors have been appointed as designate consultants ignoring the seniority, they demanded.