Kohima, May 31 (NE): The Nagaland in-service Doctor’s Association (NIDA) in an open letter to the Chief Minister expressed strong resentment with the untimely release of the Principal Secretary, H&FW and demanded to revoke the transfer order since there is no known valid reason for his removal and that change of guard at this juncture will have negative impact in the overall management of the present situation.
The Principal Secretary, School Education & SCERT, Menukhol John, holding additional charge of Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) was relieved of Health and Family Welfare Department, while Smti. Ahola Those, IAS Commissioner & Secretary, Art and Culture is transferred and posted as Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, stated a notification issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS on Saturday, May 30.
The association further demanded that the same yardstick be applied to all Heads of committees involved in facilitating the returnees, if the reason for ordering the release of Principal Secretary was based on the recent handling of the transfer of quarantine inmates to the districts.
NIDA expressed shock and dismay on the hasty removal of the Administrative Head of department. Such ill-timed decision would have rippling adverse effect on the morale across the rank and file of the department during this unprecedented crisis, the association added.
NIDA also said that he was one of the most experienced bureaucrats in the department spearheading the COVID-19 pandemic and the department is fully satisfied with the performance of the present incumbent thus far.
NIDA also apprised that if their genuine demand is not addressed favourably, the association will resort to further course of action, which may affect the fight against COVID-19 and other essential health services all over the state.