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Grade III judicial officer’s exam


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Through your esteemed I wish to draw the attention of the general public and the concerned citizens of Meghalaya, to the recently conducted examination of the MPSC for recruitment of 14 Grade III Judicial Officers. Following the decision of the Government of Meghalaya for separation of power between the judiciary and executive in the State, the MPSC has undertaken a hurried exercise for selection of candidates for the said posts in a record time of 25 days, right from holding examination to accreditation. Examinations were held on 19-20th September, 2011 and the MPSC declared a jumbled result on 12th October, 2011. Out of 201 candidates, only 10 candidates were successful. But why only 10? Since it is their prerogative to fail or pass anyone they could have selected more than 14 candidates so that at the time of viva voce / personal interview it could be reduced to 14, the exact number of vacant posts.

Now, for the remaining 4 vacant posts, if all the 10 passed candidates get through the personal interview, the MPSC has to repeat the process. My point of concern is that while undertaking a hurried exercise, the MPSC has undermined the prevailing norms and procedures of holding examinations and also given short shrift to the reservation policy of the State. On previous occasions, all the MPSC examinations were held in three centres of Shillong, Jowai and Tura. But this time, the examination was held only in Shillong without proper arrangement of examination hall. Some candidates wrote their exams at the Don Bosco Youth Centre and others on the terrace of the MPSC building in some sort of store-room.

It appears that the newly appointed members of the MPSC do not bother about the playing by the rules. Nor does the Commission respect the sentiments of the Garo people. The previous Chairperson of the Commission was also a Garo lady who was much slandered for alleged nepotism and lack of transparency. Let not this present MPSC follow its predecessor’s path, but let it maintain honesty, transparency and abide by the prevailing rules and regulations and the policy of job reservation.

Yours etc.,

N Snal,

Upper Babupara, Tura

 Tall claims


Some medical doctors (MBBS) in Tura are fooling people by claiming to be super specialists or MD after completing short term courses. These doctors have added degrees to their names that are not recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

An MBBS degree holder who had gone for two months training elsewhere now claims to be a diabetician. It is only a short term Diploma course not recognized by MCI, not an MD (Medicine) that requires over three years of hard work after an MBBS degree. Some MBBS doctors also use memberships of associations in foreign countries fool patients.

A 45-year-old patient suffering from hypertension, has been taking regular medicine from one such ‘cardiologist’ at Tura Civil Hospital who has been introducing herself as a cardio specialist to ignorant patients.

These doctors even refer patients to other states for further treatment. To call oneself a cardiologist or DM (Doctor of Medicine) or a super specialist, a doctor must posses a recognized degree of MD ( or its equivalent in the subject). A prior requirement to get the degree of DM is that one has to be an MD(Medicine) or MD (Paediatrics) first, from an MCI recognized university; not a diploma course or short term course in private institutes not recognized by MCI.

Most retired doctors say that such degrees are not recognised by the MCI or the university. They are just short term courses. Still, many such doctors are fooling innocent patients with their fake degrees.

It is noteworthy that most MBBS, PG, DM courses from foreign universities are not recognized by MCI. So it is illegal to add those extra degree to one’s name plate or writing pad or even to refer to themselves as such.

Is the Department of Health and Family Welfare not aware of this? Why are they silent? The Director, Health Services should instruct the hospitals in the state to get their doctors verified.

In the dark alleys of Tura Bazaar, Nakam Bazar there are many homeopathic doctors practicing allopathic medicines. Some got caught recently. It is time the Department of Health and Family Welfare (M.I.) carries a surprise check of such practices to ensure safety to the patients. One would also like to know what action the Medical Authorities and District Administration has initiated against Salchiba Marak, a nurse in Tura Civil Hospital who has been absent from her duties for the last one and half year? Her joining the GNLA outfit has been doing the rounds.

Yours etc.

B Balsrang Sangma,

Hawakhana Tura


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