Voting Rights: Indian Professional Nurses Association Moves Delhi High Court

Delhi Nursing Council Voting Rights
Delhi Nursing Council Voting Rights: The Indian Professional Nurses Association, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court to seek voting rights for all nurses registered with Delhi Nursing Council.

The PIL was filed by Advocates Robin Raju and Joel Joseph, who is representing the organisation’s appeal to include nurses in the voting, for electing the office bearers and executive committees. Apart from this, the plea also seeks a direction on the Delhi Nursing Council to publish annual audited accounts on its website.

The Delhi Nursing Council is a statutory body. They follow the Delhi Nursing Council Act of 1997. The Council is supervised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, under Delhi Government.

The advocates while highlighting multiple concerns, also mentioned the dire need to bring amendments in the Delhi Nursing Council Act, 1997 with regards to the nomination of members to the nursing council.

The problem cited was about 90,000 nurses are registered with the Council and they have no right to elect the representatives of a body that will be working for “their welfare”.

In the plea, the argument was supported by the virtues of Section 3 of the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1997. The section states that the Council will comprise members elected by respective bodies. It also stated that if doctors, advocates and chartered accountants have the right to vote for their respective bodies then why not nurses.

“The doctors registered in Delhi vote to elect members to Delhi Medical Council. Likewise, the Advocates and Chartered Accountants through voting elect their representatives in the Bar Council of Delhi and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Hence, to deny the Nursing Officers the right to elect Delhi Nursing Council members is clearly arbitrary and against the principles of democracy, fairness and equality,” mentioned in the PIL.

The plea also mentions that the Association has been raising this issue for two years and had sent the last representation to the Respondents on June 2. Although, no corrective measures have been taken.

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