GMOA to seek probe against PSC Additional Secretary

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

The Government Medical Officers’Association (GMOA) yesterday vowed to request the Secretary of the Public Administration Ministry to conduct an immediate inquiry against the Additional Secretary of the Public Service Commission (PSC) for deliberately delaying the issuance of the gazette notification of the doctors’ service minute.

GMOA President Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya said that in accordance with the 2006 No 6 Circular issued by the Public Administration Ministry, the PSC should have approved and gazetted the Service Minute as the three main  institutions, the Finance Ministry, Public Administration Ministry, and the Health Ministry had approved it.

The GMOA as a trade union was not in a position to negotiate the issue with the PSC as it was supposed to be an independent institution. But, the PSC was under purview of the Public Administration Ministry, he said.

Dr. Padeniya said as a result of the delay on the part of the PSC, many doctors who had been serving for more than 18 years were not able to get their due promotions. It was a great injustice meted out to them, he added. The PSC Additional Secretary had been personally delaying the approval of the Service Minute.

Meanwhile, the GMOA rival, the Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF) said that the PSC had approved the Service Minute in November 2013. The Health Ministry had received it, but the Ministry was delaying its implementation.

Health Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, contacted for comment, dismissed the allegation as baseless. The Service Minute had been sent to PSC for approval and issuance of special gazette notification after obtaining all the relevant approvals of the Finance, Public Administration and the Health Ministry, but so far the Health Ministry had not received the Service Minute from the PSC, he said.

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