Health officer told to prepare plan to fill vacant posts

Ballari Zilla Panchyayat has proposed to fill all paramedical posts in government-run primary health centres and has asked the District Health Officer to submit a detailed action plan which would be sent to the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) to allocate funds for the purpose.

The directions were issued at the monthly review meeting held here on Thursday with panchayat president Bharathi Thimmareddy in the chair.

During the review of the Health Department works, it was pointed out that many a paramedical staff post, especially nurses, remained vacant causing a lot of difficulty in running some of the hospitals.


The meeting was told that vacant posts of doctors were being filled on contract basis at the district level by the committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner and the recruitment of nurses was done at Bengaluru and those appointed had to await posting.

Intervening in the discussion, Chief Executive Officer K.V. Rajendra asked why not appoint paramedical staff, including nurses, at the district level until the posts were filled by the government keeping in view the welfare of the public. He directed the District Health Officer to chalk out a detailed action plan comprising the number of vacancies, funds required to pay salaries, among other things, and submit, which, in turn, would be sent to the DMF for approval.

Mr. Rajendra took strong exception over the inaction of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) against overloaded heavy vehicles plying on moffusil roads in the district. “The moffusil roads are designed to sustain certain capacity and if overloaded heavy vehicles are plying on the roads, they get damaged faster. Therefore, the officials of the RTA should step up vigil to prevent movement of overloaded heavy vehicles on the one hand and the Public Works and Panchayat Engineering wing, among others, should draw the attention of the RTA officials to the damage caused to roads, while seeking action against the violators of rules,” he said.

MNREGA funds

He also instructed the officials of all the departments concerned to work in tandem to make the best use of the funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) to increase green cover, construction of compound walls for schools and hospitals, developing playgrounds and toilets, among other things. “It should be like a team work by all the line departments in utilising funds and to give jobs to more people and also to create assets,” he suggested.

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