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Docs do not comply with transfer orders, admits Bali Bhagat
Question Hour LC
1/10/2017 11:02:43 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 10: In an admission which could raise questions on his control and command over the employees working in his department, Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat accepted that doctors do not comply with the transfer orders.
Replying to a question by BJP MLC Sofi Yousuf in the Upper House, Bali Bhagat said that his ministry knows well about the shortage of doctors in various district hospitals but added that the shortage is more because of the non-compliance of transfer orders by the doctors. "We are trying our level best to reach out to each and every district of the state but there are doctors who prefer going on long leave then serving in any peripheral area both in Jammu region and Srinagar," admitted Bhagat.
He said that state government is now contemplating to terminate those doctors who do not comply with the transfer orders. "We are left with no option," added Bhagat. He added that government is working to fill vacancies of doctors in the hospitals, while process for rationalization of staff in government hospitals has also been initiated.
Responding to a question by Mohammad Khursheed Alam, the Minister said that selection of 100 doctors has been completed recently and the process for their posting in the hospitals having dearth of staff would start within few days. He said rationalization of staff in hospitals is also in progress which will help in overcoming the shortage of staff especially in remote areas.
Minister further informed the House that the construction of three new Medical Colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri has been taken up and for the purpose Rs 45.03 crore have been released by the Center. He also informed that the state government has approached the GoI to seek formal sanction and release of funds for establishment of medical college proposed for Doda. He said the transfer of land for Medical College has been taken up with the Revenue Department.
Replying to supplementary questions, the Minister said that 1907 Kanal land has been finalized at Awantipora for establishment of AIIMS in Kashmir, of which 1309 kanals of land has been transferred to Health and Medical Education Department. He said Rs 24 crore have been released in favor of Collector Land Acquisition Pulwama for disbursement of land compensation for balance quantum of 598 Kanals.
Health Minister informed the house that 1951 Kanals of land has been unidentified at Vijaypur, Samba for establishment of AIIMS in Jammu. He said Rs 8 crore has been released to Collector Land Acquisition Samba for acquisition of 176 Kanals private land adding that necessary acquisition procedure like issuance of notifications stands already initiated.
"The transfer of 293 Kanals of state land for AIMS in Jammu has been taken up with Revenue authorities, while Forest Department Advisory Committee has also approved transfer of 1395 Kanals of land for Health and Medical Education department, subject to the release of compensation of Rs 6.61 crore," the Minister said.
He said Rs 2000 crore each has been earmarked under PMDP for these two AIIMS. He said after making the sites free from all the encumbrances, the center would be requested to initiate the execution of these vital projects.
Bhagat said that Civil Hospital Pahalgam has been upgraded as New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC) with requisite diagnostic equipment including UCG machine, X-ray Plant, Boyles Apparatus, Defibrillator with ECG Monitor, Operation Table, Dental Chair and Deep Freezer.
Replying to a question by Sofi Yousuf in the Upper House, Bali Baghat informed the house that a project costing Rs 18.69 crore was approved for NTPHC Pahalgam under NHM in 2011-12 and Rs 3.00 Crore was released for the project. He, however, said that work could not be executed due to ban on construction imposed by High Court in the area and the matter is being vigorously pursued by the department.
Health Minister said the hospital is functioning with two medical officers and other requisite paramedical staff, while additional staff and ambulances are provided to the health institution during Amarnath Yatra. The Minister said that a Tempo Traveler Ambulance is also available in the Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Minister said that the proposal for upgradation of Sub-Health Centre Aru, to the level of PHC is being examined by the department. However, he informed the House that presently, there is no proposal for upgrading Srigufwara and Kullar PHCs as Sub-District Hospitals.
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