Govt trying to meet shortage of manpower in health deptt.: Hek  

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Meghalaya Health Minister AL Hek. File photo.

SHILLONG, March 14: Health Minister AL Hek on Thursday informed the Assembly that the government is finding ways to meet the shortage of manpower including doctors at its hospitals and health centres.

Replying in the Assembly here on Thursday, Hek said that vacancies will be filled up by promotion through departmental promotion committee (DPC) and direct recruitment through recruitment agencies such as the Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC), District Selection Committee (DSC) or Departmental Selection Committee as case may be.

To meet the demands, he said officiating appointments with breaks in between are being made by the Directorate till recommendations of regular candidates are made by the recruitment agencies.

As for medical and health officers, the minister said temporary appointments are being made under Regulation 3 (f) of the MPSC (Limitation of Functions) Regulations, 1972.

While raising his supplementary, Congress legislator from Mawsynram Himalaya M Shangpliang expressed concern over many laboratory technicians languishing without jobs despite having completed their studies.

To this, the Minister informed that 180 posts of lab technicians have been sanctioned by the government and of these, only 25 are still lying vacant. On the concern that there many hospitals functioning without dentists, Hek said that 11 such posts will soon be filled up.