‘Financial Irregularities’ at SDH Shopian
DHS Orders Probe, 2 Officials Shifted
Srinagar, May 16: Acting on a preliminary inquiry report, the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir Monday launched a probe into the alleged funds scandal at the Sub-District Hospital in south Kashmir’s Shopian district while shifting two officials, including the Medical Superintendent, on charges of “financial irregularities.”
Informed sources disclosed to Greater Kashmir that the Medical Superintendent of SDH Shopian Abdul Gani Ahangar and a Senior Assistant Nisar Ahmad were transferred to ‘far-off places’ after the preliminary inquiry found them guilty of “minting money through illegal means and misappropriating the hospital funds.”
On Monday, the Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman ordered a full-fledged inquiry to go through the alleged scam worth lakhs of rupees. The fresh inquiry, they said, has also been instituted in the wake of frequent complaints that the two officials were “pocketing the money they took from the patients on account of conducting USGs in the hospital.”
“A preliminary inquiry was ordered sometime back to probe the complaints.
The panel comprising of the Chief Accounts Officer at the DHS, Riyaz Ahmad and Nodal Officer, National Rural Health Mission, Dr Musthaq raided the SDH recently and found the Medical Superintendent and the Senior Assistant taking money in the hospital USG room,” the sources disclosed.
A cursory look at the official documents there, the sources said, revealed “gross financial irregularities” in the Hospital Development Fund (HDF)—derived from poor patients on account of entry tickets or examinations done in the hospital.
“In the last financial year the SDH has shown an expenditure of Rs 22,46,847 under the HDF when the revenue collected has been just Rs 18,23,785,” the sources said.
The DHS has now ordered the full-dressed inquiry to be again headed by the Chief Accounts Officer, Riyaz Ahmad. The probe panel has been asked to submit its report within 15 days along with the recommendations.
In the meantime, the accused Medical Superintendent has been shifted to Primary Health Centre Sangarwani, Islamabad (Anantnag) while the Senior Assistant has been transferred to Block Hajin till further orders.
Confirming the institution of inquiry, a senior officer in DHS said the matter would be thoroughly investigated. “The probe panel comprises of six senior officials. Once they submit the final report, we shall act against the guilty officials in a stern manner,” the officer, wishing anonymity, told Greater Kashmir.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 16 May 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 16 May 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM FRONTPAGE
- After ISI warning: Manmohan reviews threat perception
- War exercises near Pak border
- Polls, Kashmir issue poles apart: Interlocutors
- No position on Kashmir: Arab League
- Delhi runs JK affairs: Agnivesh
- Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat in Karachi
- Kayani informs Kerry of Pak concerns
- ‘Financial Irregularities’ at SDH Shopian
- Health Deptt Wakes Up To Needless Referrals
- 82% voting in Phase-9
- Tremors to reduce intensity of future quakes: Experts
- 1987 polls led to militancy: Cong
- Committed to respect human rights: Army
- Militant killed in gunfight
Vohra, Omar, Soz , Tarigami, ministers condole demise
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, May 16: Bashir Ahmad Wani (Sogami), son of former Minister and Member of Constituent Assembly, Ghulam Nabi Wani (Sogami), passed away, here this morning. He was 67. The late Sogami is survived More
- Srinagar City
Directs for shifting Jammu bound vehicles from Lal Chowk to TRC by May 19
GK COURT CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, May 16: Taking serious note of non-implementation of Court orders for shifting of Jammu bound vehicles from the City centre of Lal Chowk to Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), the High Court Monday More
Jammu May 16: In order to review preparedness of various departments for the summer as well as upcoming Amarnath Yatra, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today chaired a high level provincial meeting of More
Srinagar, May 16: Minister of State for Transport, CA&PD and Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan today flagged off the SRTC bus service from Rajouri to New Delhi.Speaking on the occasion Shabir said that the More
81st SLBC meet held
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar May 16: Surpassing targets, J&K Bank has outperformed all other banks operating in the state by dispensing massive credit to the priority sector. The Bank has disbursed Rs 2,098 crore More
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Allahabad, May 16: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi today condemned the covert US operation to liquidate Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden saying this was yet another instance of high-handedness on More