Telangana CM Revanth Reddy hands over appointment letters to over 6,956 staff nurses

The CM assured the people of the government's commitment, pledging to fill 2 lakh government job vacancies within a year, despite challenges.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Jan 31, 2024 | 9:14 PMUpdatedFeb 01, 2024 | 1:03 AM

CM Revanth Reddy handing over the appointment letters

Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy issued appointment letters to more than 6,956 nurses on Wednesday, 31 January, at the LB Stadium in Hyderabad.

Highlighting the challenges faced during the Telangana movement, the Chief Minister attributed them to the struggles of unemployed youth. Criticising the past decade under the BRS rule, he pointed out the lack of concern for unemployment, except while favouring family members in job appointments.

Addressing opposition criticism, Reddy dismissed Harish Rao’s accusations and emphasised the tangible impact of job opportunities on the joyous faces of underprivileged children. The Chief Minister assured the people of the government’s commitment, pledging to fill 2 lakh government job vacancies within a year, despite challenges.

Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Health Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha, and Minister of Transport and BC Welfare Ponnam Prabhakar were also present at the occasion.

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6,956 applicants selected

The Medical and Health Services Recruitment Board (MHSRB) issued a notification to fill 7,094 Staff Nurse vacancies on 30 January 2022.

Over 40,936 candidates applied for these positions, and the Computer-Based Test was held on 2 August 2023, with 38,674 applicants appearing.

The Provisional merit list was released on 28 December 2023, and the final merit list and selection list were released on 28 January 2024.

Out of the 7,094 notified Staff Nurse posts, 6,956 applicants were selected, and 138 posts remained unfilled mainly due to the non-availability of candidates in the orthopedically challenged category.

Of the total selections:

  • 5,571 staff nurses will be deputed under the Director of Medical Education (DME) and Director of Public Health and Family Welfare (DPH)
  • 736 under Telangana Vaidya Vidhana Parishad (TVVP)
  • 253 under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society
  • 117 under Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS)
  • 109 under Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS)
  • 81 under MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre
  • 68 under Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (Gurukulam)
  • 13 under Telangana Residential Educational Institutional Society
  • 8 under the Department for Disabled and Senior Citizens Welfare

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Harish Rao takes dig at appointments

Former health minister and MLA Harish Rao expressed disapproval of the Congress government’s move to issue appointment letters to staff nurses, calling it a mere attempt to divert attention. Rao criticised the government for hastily issuing appointment letters before completing the entire recruitment process, accusing them of seeking undeserved credit.

He pointed out that while the previous government (BRS government) had completed the notification and filling process, the Congress government was rushing to issue appointment letters as a publicity stunt.

Rao highlighted the Congress’s pre-election promise of issuing a Group 1 notification on 1 February 2024, but instead, they chose to focus on the recruitment of staff nurses to deflect attention from unfulfilled commitments. He urged the government to prioritise fulfilling promises made during the election rather than creating a façade with incomplete actions.

Rao emphasised the efforts of the BRS government in enhancing the medical sector in Telangana, including the sanctioning of a medical college for the district and the construction of numerous hospitals. He noted that recruitment drives for medical, nursing, paramedical, pharmacist, and other staff positions had been initiated to address shortages in medical personnel.

A notification for 5,204 staff nurse posts was issued on 30 December 2022 and an additional 1,890 posts were added on 22 June 2023, bringing the total to 7,094. Rao acknowledged that the election code had temporarily impacted the release of final results but criticised the Congress government for rushing to take credit for the staff nurse notification as a testament to their success.

Rao demanded that the Congress government fulfill its promise of filling 2 lakh posts within a year. He reminded them of their job calendar promise, which outlined a schedule for filling various group positions, including Group 1 on 1 February, Group 2 on 1 April, and Group 3 and 4 appointments on 1 June. He urged justice for job candidates and students eagerly awaiting the fulfillment of Congress’s promises.