Recruitment stopped in 12 more districts

Health Department
The health and family welfare ministry yesterday postponed the recruitment of class-III and class-IV employees for health department in 12 more districts after receiving allegations of political influence and irregularities.

The districts are Rajshahi, Meherpur, Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Habiganj, Dhaka, Munsiganj, Sunamganj, Jamalpur and Mymensingh.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in writing informed the districts’ civil surgeons of the decision.

On Sunday, the authorities suspended the recruitment in Gopalganj, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Shariatpur, Brahmanbaria, Jessore, Panchagar, Pirojpur and Jhenidah.

DGHS Director Abul Hasnat told The Daily Star yesterday, “We have issued letters to all the concerned officials to suspend the recruitment temporarily.”

The civil surgeons’ offices in Rajshahi, Meherpur, Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Habiganj and Dhaka districts have already published the list of successful candidates after holding written exams and viva-voce.

After the list was published, some unruly and failed jobseekers ransacked the civil surgeons’ offices in different districts. The agitation prompted the authorities to postpone the recruitment to avoid further chaos, said the DGHS director.

He, however, confirmed that recruitment in other 43 districts has already been completed and it would not be cancelled.

The government has moved to recruit 4,217 class-III and class-IV employees for 79 health complexes, medical college hospitals and civil surgeon offices in all 64 districts.

The posts include office assistant, cardiographer, junior mechanic, MLSS, cook, gardener, sweepers, cleaners and ward boy.

Our Brahmanbaria correspondent adds, despite repeated protest by failed applicants, all newly appointed employees joined the civil surgeon’s office.

The failed applicants alleged the appointment committee arranged the whole process illegally under political pressure and appointed 83 persons of its choice.

On Sunday, at least 16 protesters ransacked the civil surgeon’s office. A human chain was formed on October 1 in the town. They also submitted a letter to the deputy commissioner demanding immediate action.

Additional police have been deployed in the civil surgeon’s office after Sunday’s attack.