Orissa High Court main building (Photo: Wikipedia)
Orissa High Court main building (Photo: Wikipedia)
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Health Secretary of Odisha P K Mohapatra asking him to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him for “non-compliance” with an earlier order of the High Court pertaining to filling of vacant posts of doctors in the State.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B K Mishra taking up a contempt petition filed by advocate Dilip Mohapatra, issued the notice to the Health Secretary asking him to file his reply within two weeks.

Mohapatra in his petition had claimed that even more than one year of the HC direction, the posts of doctors are still lying vacant and the health centres in rural and tribal areas are in a shambles. Apart from this the government also did not feel it necessary to inform the HC about the steps now taken to fill up the vacant posts.

Disposing of a PIL filed by the advocate, the High Court in June 2011 had asked the State government to fill all the vacant posts in the State within 12 weeks. Apart from this the State Government was also asked to provide basic facilities in all primary health centers and dispensaries, particularly those located in tribal and remote areas. The Government was also asked to file a compliance report after filling up all vacant posts.

Source: 360 NS