Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The State government has issued an order on October 8 to give up the practice of appointing pharmacists in Tamil Nadu Medical Subordinate Service by following district wise seniority in employment exchanges.

The G.O. stated that, henceforth, all existing as well as future vacancies to the post of pharmacist would be filled up through State wide employment exchange seniority besides calling for applicants by issuing advertisements in newspapers.

Justice K.N. Basha on Tuesday closed a batch of writ petitions filed in the Madras High Court Bench here against the old selection process after taking cognisance of the G.O. produced by the petitioners’ counsel K.P.S. Palanivel Rajan.

The G.O. issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department read that the Government reviewed the selection process in respect of pharmacists and decided to implement State wide seniority as was followed for appointment of secondary grade teachers.

The Joint Director (Pharmacy) in the office of the Director of Medical Education was designated as Nodal Officer to ascertain the vacancies, get the list of eligible pharmacists registered in employment exchanges and issue newspaper advertisements.

A committee consisting of Director of Medical Education, Director of Medical and Rural Health Services and Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was constituted for selection of candidates and allotment to the medical institutes.

“The other conditions stipulated by the Supreme Court in the case of secondary grade teachers that a person appointed as a teacher in a particular school within the district cannot aspire for or seek transfer to another school outside the district need not be followed in the case of pharmacists,” the G.O. read.