LAHORE - A tussle erupted between the government officers and a PML-N MPA on recruitment of health staff at district Jhang and the matter was led to privilege committee, it has been learnt.

MPA Rashida Yaqoob made a written complaint to the Punjab Assembly Secretary of ‘violation’ of recruitment policy by Jhang DMO Bushra Naseer.

“Twenty-three male and (just) one female dispensers were recruited to the slots, though 15pc quota was reserved for women.”

The complaint further read: “During the recruitment of nurses, the DMO Jhang recruited two charge nurses from her native city of Faisalabad and two dispersers from Toba Tek Singh, where her husband has been serving as assistant commissioner.”

Moreover, she claimed, she was misbehaved at the DMO office when she went to seek explanation over the issue.

Following the complaint, a privilege committee wrote to the Jhang DCO to submit a report.

The DCO reported to the committee that the recruitment to the Jhang district health department was not the act of an individual and the job was done after the recommendation of a ‘high-level’ committee.

He said total 676 applications were received against 24 seats and 381 persons appeared in the test and interview.

“After the committee recommendations, total 24 candidates were selected including 22 on open merit, one woman and one against disabled quota.”

The DCO said that for three seats of women quota only two women candidates applied for the post of dispenser. Candidate Misbah Ijaz was selected and recommended by the recruitment committee whereas the other female applicant could not qualify.

“As per the rules, a candidate should have second division in matriculation whereas the candidate mentioned by the MPA secured third division,” the DCO reported.

“As per the Recruitment Policy 2004, vacancies of disperser are to be filled from all over the province. Out of 22 vacancies on open merit, 20 candidates from Jhang and two from TT Sing were found suitable and recommended by the committee.

“The candidates from the TT Sing fall on Sr No 6 and 14 on merit list. The candidates from other districts could not qualify owing to lack of required qualification. No candidate has been selected ignoring the merit,” the DCO wrote.

About charge nurses, the DCO said, there were 16 vacancies of charge nurses lying vacant in the health department Jhang and 113 candidates applied out of which 16 were found suitable and 14 nurses are domiciled at Jhang district while one is from Bhawalnagar and one from TT Singh.

Rejecting MPA’s claims, the DCO said that DMO Bushra Naseer is an honest officer and has a domicile of Lahore rather than Faisalabad as mentioned by the lawmaker.

“All the detailed information regarding the candidate enquired by the MPA, including recruitment policy and copy of merit list, were handed to her”.

However, sources said that following the DCO report, the MPA withdrew her complaint. According to the sources, the high-ups should look into the matter of such tussle.