NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has deprecated "ping pong" between the Uttar Pradesh government and UP Public Service Commission over filling up thousand of vacancies of specialised doctors in the state.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka recorded its strong displeasure and "deep regret" over the delay.
In a warning, the top court said that it may ask a separate agency to undertake the process of recruitment if the UP government and UPPSC failed to resolve the issue.
"We note with deep regret the manner in which the state government has proceeded as also the obvious lack of communication with the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission, where a ping pong is going on. In view of the vacancies un-filled, a large number of 2382 posts were required to be carried forward," the bench said.
Taking up the issue of recruitment of specialised doctors throughout the state of Uttar Pradesh, the court said, on June 10, 2022, the state government requested the State Commission to readvertise the vacancies. It took four months for the Commission to respond to that letter, as it sent a communication only on October 19, 2022 seeking further information.
"This is the position of the working of the Commission when the matter is being monitored by this court, reflecting on their inefficiency levels," the bench said.
Thereafter, the state government sent a letter on October 20, 2022 for the same posts and once again a letter was sent on November 04, 2022 by the Commission still pointing out deficiencies regarding lack of provision for horizontal reservations, subcategorization of physically handicapped category and equivalent criteria for degree/diploma awarded by different bodies.
The court was told that it is only on furnishing of the necessary information that an advertisement for selection to vacant posts can be published by the Commission. The schedule given by the Commission takes us almost to the end of next year, the bench noted.
"We deprecate the conduct of both the authorities and reject the time period given by the Commission. The two authorities will cooperate and inform whether all information is ready or not for issuance of the advertisement by the next date, failing which we may consider referring this recruitment to a separate organisation, if both of them are not capable of doing it," the bench said.
In the order passed on November 14, the bench said that the solution should be found in a joint meeting to be held from Monday onwards next week, "if they are capable of doing so".
The court fixed the matter on December 02, 2022 for reporting back whether all issues for proceeding with the issuance of advertisement have been sorted out or not.