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'Illegal' selection of doc: Records damaged in floods, PSC tell RTI applicant
9/23/2017 11:29:01 PM
Early Times Report
srinagar, Sept 23: The Public Service Commission (PSC) has told an RTI applicant that it has lost its record about selection of an Assistant Surgeon in 2007.
Details available with Early Times reveal that an aggrieved medico recently filed an application under the Right to Information Act (RTI) before the PSC authorities.
The doctor wanted to know the criteria for selecting Dr Khurshid Ahmad Ganai as Assistant Surgeon in 2007, while he and another aggrieved RTI applicant had applied together in 2004 for the said post.
Sources say that when the interview was conducted by PSC, Dr Khurshid had not cleared his mandatory exam conducted under the direction of Medical Council of India, as he had done his MBBS from Tajkistan.
Dr Khurshid cleared his exam in 2007 and was later appointed as Assistant Surgeon on the recommendation of the PSC. Another doctor, who now wants all the details under RTI Act, had been dropped despite the fact that he had cleared the MCI exam a year before Dr Khurshid.
The PSC, vide its letter No: PSC/DR /RTI/501/2016 dated: 14.9.2017, told the information seeker namely Dr Mussarat Gowhar, a resident of Qazigund, that the record was damaged in floods of 2014.
The aggrieved is now mulling to take the PIO of J&K PSC to task as he is filing a complaint before the State Information Commission (SIC).
"If the record of PSC has been damaged, the record in Health Department is safe. The PSC is supposed to get the said details from the department and RTI Act also lays emphasis on it. It is so unfortunate that even after three years of floods in Kashmir, the damaged record has not been generated. I am going to take up this case not only with the SIC but with Crime and Vigilance Organisation as well," said Dr Mussarat.
"I want to know why I was dropped and Dr Khurshid selected even as both of us had applied same time under RBA category," Dr Mussarat told Early Times.
Pertinent to mention that in 2015 the SIC had shot a penalty notice to the PSC which had withheld a vital information related to promotion of an Assistant Professor of Government Medical College Jammu without asking for his Vigilance clearance/integrity certificates.
Sanjay Kumar Bhasin had filed an RTI application before PIO, Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department on 28.6.2014 which was received by the PIO on 8.7.2014 seeking detailed information in this regard. The H&ME Department Civil Secretariat PIO had addressed a communication to PIO, J&K PSC on 8.8.2014 it on 14.11.2014 for providing the information because it is the PSC who had recommended the name of Dr. Ratnakar Sharma for promotion. PIO J&K PSC has admitted that PIO Health & ME had transferred part of this information to him. He further informed the Commission that he could not give this information as records were damaged in the floods.
"It is more than three years and PSC still claims its records has been damaged. Why cannot the record be collected from respective administrative departments who have a copy of all the selection lists whether it is related to selection of doctors, KAS officers, lecturers or any other gazetted officers," asked Dr Mussarat
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