MAMATA GOVT HANDING OVER THE TASK TO HEALTH RECRUITMENT BOARD
By bappaditya paul
WEST BENGAL GOVERNMENT is moving a new legislation in the state Assembly next week that will take away the task of conducting recruitments for Dental Services from the State Public Service Commission (PSC) and vest the same in the West Bengal Health Recruitment Board.
Dental Services will be the latest sector to go out of the recruitment ambit of the PSC, which happens to be a Constitutional body.
Last year, the Mamata Banerjee government had taken away the recruitment of Group C and D category staff in government departments from PSC and entrusted it to the newly constituted State Staff Selection Commission formed under a state law.
Government sources maintain that one of the reasons behind such moves is the alleged delay in the recruitment process carried out by the PSC that leaves a substantial number of vacancies in various departments and sectors all the time.
The new legislation ~ The West Bengal State Dental Service (Amendment) Bill, 2015, ~ is listed to be tabled in the state Assembly on 19 May. It seeks to amend the West Bengal State Dental Service Act of 2009 that had vested all recruitments for the state’s Dental Services on the PSC.
The Bill proposes to entrust the recruitments for both the West Bengal Dental Service and the West Bengal Dental Education Service to the West Bengal Health Recruitment Board established under a state law in 2012.
The Dental Education Service is for dental teachers who may or may not be into practice; Dental Service is for non-teaching practicing dentists.
To meet the “huge shortage of (dental) faculty members”, the Bill also proposes to extend by another five years until 2019, the provision for recruiting basic level dental teachers from amongst the cadres of the Dental Service.
The Dental Service Act of 2009 had limited this provision to five years, which ended in August 2014.
According to a health department insider, while around 16 posts of dental teachers are currently lying vacant throughout the state; the number of vacancy in practicing dentist posts is anything between 70-80.
(The author is on the staff of The Statesman, India. This report first appeared in The Statesman on 15 May 2015.)