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NHM Recruitment Cancelled In JK’s Kupwara, Aspirants Seek Intervention

Hundreds of aspirants for various posts under the National Health Mission (NHM) in Kupwara are expressing strong discontent against the Health Department for abruptly cancelling the ongoing recruitment process. This decision has sparked significant frustration among the candidates who had applied for these positions.

The recruitment process began when the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara called for applications for multiple posts, including Junior Staff Nurse, ANM, Adolescent Health Counselor, Dialysis Technician, and Junior Pharmacist on February 14, 2024. This announcement had generated hope and anticipation among many job seekers in the region.

However, on April 23, 2024, the Directorate of National Health Mission unexpectedly cancelled the recruitment. The cancellation was communicated to the CMO Kupwara via a letter bearing communication number SHS/NHM/J&K/1022–1067, dated April 22, 2024. This sudden move caught the applicants by surprise, leaving them disappointed and confused.

The subject of the cancellation letter was explicitly titled “cancellation of all under process recruitment under NHM.” The letter referenced a decision made by the Executive Committee of the State Health Society, NHM, J&K, during a meeting on October 11, 2022. Following this decision, a committee of officers was formed under the chairmanship of the Mission Director, NHM, J&K, as per Order No. 838 – JK (HME) of 2022, dated November 22, 2022, to revise the Terms of Reference (ToR) for hiring manpower under NHM.

The letter detailed that after holding multiple meetings, discussions, and deliberations, as well as gathering feedback from various stakeholders, the committee had prepared a draft of the Revised Selection Criteria/ToR. This draft is intended to be presented to the Executive Committee for ratification. The aim is to ensure a uniform ToR/Selection Criteria in alignment with the latest directives from both the Central Government and the Government of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.

The decision to cancel the ongoing recruitment process, pending the approval of the revised criteria, has led to widespread dissatisfaction among the candidates. Many of them feel that their time and effort have been wasted, and they are left in uncertainty regarding their future prospects.

The aspirants are now urging the Health Department to reconsider their decision and to expedite the finalization and implementation of the revised selection criteria. They hope for a transparent and fair recruitment process that will allow them to compete for the positions they had initially applied for, ensuring that their aspirations are not thwarted by administrative delays.

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