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Posted at: Feb 18, 2015, 1:12 AM; last updated: Feb 17, 2015, 11:41 PM (IST)

Health staff to have own identity in six months

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 17

Nearly 25,000 employees of the Haryana Health Department will have their own identity in about six months. An undertaking to this effect was given to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health.

The development is significant as in the absence of “identity”, possibility could not be ruled out of errors creeping into the transfer orders due to mistake in the identity of the employees with identical names. The developments took place before a Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal during the hearing of a petition filed by Health Department employee Surender Kumar against Haryana and other respondents. He had challenged the orders of his transfer.

Taking up the petition, Justice Bindal called for the office file. A perusal of the documents revealed a “number of mistakes” in the transfer orders issued on January 13. The errors were either due to the employee’s wrong identity, “wrong typing” of the name of the employee transferred, or a mistake in the place of posting.

Justice Bindal observed one of the notings said the parentage was required to be mentioned for the purpose of identification, as the names of the candidates were the same. “In the Health Department, thousands of employees may be working. All employees should have some identity number so that the wrong committed in the present case, sought to be explained as a clerical mistake, is not repeated and unnecessary litigation is avoided,” Justice Bindal had observed on a previous date of hearing.

Justice Bindal also observed that the petitioner was compelled to come to the court to challenge the order of his transfer, “which on issuance of notice to the state was found to be erroneous on account of a clerical mistake”.

As the matter came up for resumed hearing, Ram Niwas gave the undertaking in the form of an affidavit.

Directing the state to “do the needful”, Justice Bindal disposed of the petition as the relief against the petitioner’s transfer had already been granted.

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