Beerwah hospital: Lakhs withdrawn as salary in favour of ‘non-existent’ medicos

Sufferers Seek Probe Into ‘Scandal’ Involving Millions Of Rupees, Top Officials

ZAHID MAQBOOL/SAJAD RASOOL

Srinagar, Dec 30: What could turn out to be a scandal in the State Health Department involving some top officers and officials, lakhs of rupees have been withdrawn from salary accounts of doctors and paramedical staff in Beerwah Hospital through double withdrawals and put in the accounts of ‘non-existent’ doctors.
 Documents in procession of Greater Kashmir and complaints from some former and present staffers have revealed how a former Block Medical Officer and clerical staff at Beerwah Hospital in league with finance officials has duped scores of doctors and paramedical staff posted there from time to time.
 For instance, the documents reveal, some officials at Beerwah hospital have withdrawn salary from account of one Dr Masrat Aijaz, B-Grade specialist even after he was transferred to Sub-District Hospital Magam. “Rs 314472 lakh have been withdrawn from his account from August 2010 to January of 2011. However he was posted in District Magam during the same period as CMO Budgam in its order No CMOB -14255-56 issued on 24-04-2010 transferred Dr Masrat to Block Magam,” the documents reveal.
 Officials, according to the documents, have withdrawn Rs 314472 as salary from 08/2010 to 01/2011 against a ‘non-existing’ doctor, Dr Ghulam Hassan Khan. It was learnt that no doctor by this name has ever worked in the hospital. His salary was drawn in March 2011 and the reason for delayed release of his salary has been cited as “lack of absence of CPC.”
 “Rs 4, 50617 from 1-7-09 to 31-01-2011 in the name of Dr Zahoor Ahmed, Dr Manzoor Ahmed and Dr Muhammad Assadullah have also been withdrawn,” the documents reveal. The doctors, however, confirmed they have never received the amount.
 Similarly seven doctors and two drivers who have worked in the hospital alleged that their arrears amounting to Rs 33, 944 lakhs have been swindled. “I always suspected that something wrong is with my salary. I can confirm that some officials have withdrawn lakhs of rupees from my account by forging signatures in the salary statements and arrears,” alleged a medico.
 Rs 253368 on the ‘basis of pay difference’ of three Pharmacists from 1-07-2009 to January 2011 have also been withdrawn. The pharmacists however say they never received the amount. “I was posted in Magam hospital. How could they withdraw my salary from Beerwah? My other two colleagues were Manjeet Singh (posted at Chaar Sharief MLA hostel) and Muhammad Ashraf (Khag PHC),” said Abdul Gani, a pharmacist.
 The documents also reveal that an amount of Rs 29, 4035 has been withdrawn in the favour of 12 employees. It was again learnt that they never worked in the hospital.
 It has also surfaced through documents that in the name of ‘pay difference’, an amount of Rs355300 has been drawn in favour of 10 employees of the hospital but never credited into their accounts for the month of March-2011.
 Similarly documents reveal that Rs 228205 has been withdrawn as ‘salary’ of three orderlies working in the department. That “the pay of these could not be drawn on time for want of attendance” is written on the bill signed by then Block Medical officer in March of 2011.
 According to the sufferers, the Health Department must order an immediate probe into the matter to ascertain the facts. “Let an independent inquiry be instituted into the issue to bring the facts before people,” said a medico. “The Government cannot brush the issue under the carpet.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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