‘Govt Committed to Filling Vacancies in Public Sector’ - The New Indian Express

‘Govt Committed to Filling Vacancies in Public Sector’

Published: 20th December 2013 09:26 AM

Last Updated: 20th December 2013 09:26 AM

The government has not imposed any restrictions on new appointments and allotting of new posts in Government service, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Thursday. He was speaking after inaugurating the Regional Drug Testing Laboratory at Thrikkakara. “During the tenure of the current government, we have so far appointed 82,000 persons in various sectors through the PSC. Along with that, 47,000 new vacancies were also allotted. The staff were mainly appointed in Police, Health and Education departments. The policy of the government is that no posts should lie vacant in the public sector,” he said.

Stating that the new drug testing centre was opened to ensure quality of medicines, the Chief Minister said that more staff will be allotted to the centre according to requirement. “The Drugs Control Department has demanded a total of 72 employees for the Thrikkakara centre. So far, 30 persons have been appointed to the centre. The remaining posts will be filled as per the requirements,” he said.

Health Minister V S Sivakumar assured that the government will not allow the certain persons with vested interests to sabotage the cost controlling mechanism list of life saving medicines. “There were only 75 medicines in the list of ‘life-saving medicines’, but now this has been increased to 422. The government has decided to open five regional drug testing centres to ensure the quality of the medicines. In Thiruvananthapuram, we have already opened such a facility while another one will open at Thrissur soon. Kozhikode and Konni have also been shortlisted for the purpose,” he said.

The Health Minister also said that the Kakkanad Primary Health Centre will be developed into a Community Health Centre in the first phase of its development and later, it will be remodelled into a Taluk Hospital. Excise and Ports Minister K Babu, Benny Behnan, Dominic Presentation, V P Sajeendran, Anwar Sadath, Loudi Louis and Hibi Eden MLAs and other officials, besides people’s representatives also attended the inaugural function of the drug testing centre.

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