Bhubaneswar, Aug 22: The Orissa High Court has lifted the interim stay on the recruitment of 7843 Nursing Officers.
The Orissa High Court modified its May 1, 2023 interim order and directed the state government to complete the appointment process as on the notifications issued by the OSSSC.
Hearing a writ petition filed by a union of nurses, the High Court also issued directions to the government not to fill up the vacancies of Pharmacists in pursuance of the notification.
A notification was published by the Odisha Sub-Ordinate Staff Selection Commission (OSSSC) in 2021 for the recruitment of 7,483 nursing officers. The recruitment examination was conducted on March 19, this year. Meanwhile, a group of pharmacists knocked the Orissa High Court and demanded equal preferences like the nursing officers as they had discharged their duties as Frontline Corona Warriors during the Pandemic.
Hearing the petition on May 1, the High Court had directed the government to continue with the recruitment process but not to announce any result in this connection. Because of this, aspiring nursing officers were affected. So they filed a petition before the High Court, seeking a reconsideration of the order.
The petitioners cited on their petitions that due to the non-appointment of 7,483 nursing officers, delivery of health services at 30 district headquarters hospitals, 13 medical colleges and rural Community Health Centres and PHCs were worst affected.