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Lady doctor pays for speaking up
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Lady doctor pays for speaking up
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 22

It is not every day that the expert panel on an interview board gets interviewed itself or asked questions. But a selection panel set up by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) for the recruitment of doctors had this unnerving experience last week.

A lady called for the interview took the panel by surprise by firing the first salvo. If the lady, a doctor attached to a hospital in Punjab, is to be believed, the question not only cost her the job but she was also told that she would never again be called by the PPSC.

“Get out,” the commission chairman apparently exploded. “We will ensure that you never get called,” he went on to add, claims the doctor.

Dr Rashi (name changed) evidently ruffled feathers when she demanded that the panel should first satisfy her and explain why she was not selected when the earlier round of interviews was held this year. She claimed to have topped every examination in the medical college but while she was ignored, some of her batch mates who had to appear in supplementaries at every exam managed to sail through.

The commission, which recruited 100 doctors for the state medical service in June, has again advertised for 212 posts of doctor and the fresh round of interviews started earlier this month.

Both the rounds got mired in a controversy with the PPSC declaring the selection criteria after the selections were finalised. This time, too, the commission’s action in setting aside 50 per cent marks for the personal interview has been criticised as a ploy to pick favourites. Academic record and work experience, complain doctors, are becoming secondary to the interview and subjective considerations.

The lady doctor told The Tribune that she was determined to raise the issue. She recalled asking the chairman, "Sir, I am here to question you on the selection criteria adopted by the commission during the last interviews as several selected candidates were "undeserving" and "incompetent". I would also like to know on what grounds was I declared "unfit" for the post."

The lady doctor claims her audacity was applauded by several officials at the commission itself. “They felt I had done the right thing by catching the bull by the horns,” she said.

She may not get another chance to work for the Punjab government, she admitted. But the authorities, she felt, should have done better than to make the interview a decisive factor in the selection and allow selection panels to ask irrelevant and even personal questions.

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09-24-2009 10:49 AM
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Really great , a very bold lady.For the country to prosper , favoritism and corruption should be eradicated. Meriting should be rewarded. If this case comes under RTI (right to information), the doctor should have apprached the earlier selection board to explain with evidence , reasons for nonselection. GOD be with her .
11-12-2009 11:52 PM
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The courage of the lady doctor to question PPSC at the time of interview over selection of some doctors with less caliber and her non-selection in previous interviews, is appreciable. But, an attempt to seek judicial inquiry for such injustice would have paved way to find her an answer and remedy.
Her act had made just a news and cost her job instead of PPSC Authorities made answerable and mend their ways.
Let us hope her act is a warning to all Selection Authorities.
11-15-2009 02:37 PM
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