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Raj Bhawan under scanner for awarding 'non-performing' doctors
2/2/2019 12:08:55 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 1: Even as the State Government recently awarded over a dozen persons with State Award for meritorious public services, eyebrows are being raised over selection of two medicos for the purpose from Kashmir.
The felicitation of the duo has already drawn severe criticism from various social circles especially the medical fraternity of Kashmir. Sources said the matter has come to the notice of some senior leaders in New Delhi as well.
While one of the doctors was already accused of bending rules to let his wife get absorbed in SKIMS hospital, the other one is under scanner for mismanagement at the Government Medical College and associated hospitals in Srinagar.
Officials said there were already complaints that one of these medicos had allegedly violated the official rules, and gave 10 year age relaxation so as to make way for his wife to get appointed as a lecturer in the SKIMS College Bemina.
Official documents reveal that the said medico had provided 10 years age relaxation to his wife, who was 50 year old , to pave way for her appointment as lecturer in Physiology and Biophysics in 2018.
Officials said as per the rules, no candidate over the age of 40 is eligible for a government job.
While the then PDP-BJP alliance had downplayed the matter as the medico enjoyed "Ashirwad of some BJP leaders", sources said the subsequent Governor's rule didn't look into the allegations.
"From the appointment of his wife to his bagging the award, it is all about nepotism. There was already resentment about the nomination but the higher ups paid no heed to the complaints," said a senior official in the Civil Secretariat Jammu on the condition of anonymity.
Sources said it was the job of the CID wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police to have informed the government about such complaints when the names were recommended for awards but no action was allegedly taken. "His shady private practice was already known to many," said a source in the hospital.
Official said the other medico who was also awarded from Kashmir was under scanner for alleged mismanagement at the hospitals under her control.
"Exactly when the government had ordered inquiry into complaints about misconduct at LD Hospital while one infant had died a tragic death, the medico who is supposed to be overall incharge of all such hospitals in Srinagar was felicitated. This has sent a bad signal," said a senior official.
He said the junior doctors have already been complaining that the government was soft towards the senior doctors when actually the latter had to be made more accountable.
"When inquiry was underway, someone heading the affairs should not have been awarded for meritorious services," the officials said.
When contacted the senior official said the final decision with regard to such selection of persons for awards was done by the Raj Bhawan itself.
Despite repeated attempts the Raj Bhawan authorities couldn't be contacted for comments.
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