Fake appointment scandal surfaces in Health Deptt
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Srinagar, May 3: What could turn out to be a massive fake recruitment scam, hundreds of illegal appointments, including that of doctors, have allegedly been made in the state’s Health Department through a nexus at various levels.
Official documents in possession of Greater Kashmir reveal that the illegal appointments by way of ‘fake’ appointment orders were mostly made by the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) in their respective districts in connivance with the higher-ups. These appointments, according to sources, were allegedly made against monetary considerations ranging between Rs 1to 5 lakh for each appointment. “Such appointments were mostly made between 2008-2010 in almost every block of South Kashmir, some blocks of North Kashmir and few blocks of Budgam and Srinagar,” sources said.
“Some of the appointees are the relatives of the district officials including CMOs, BMOs and other clerical staff,” they alleged. According to sources the posts against which the fake appointments were made include that of doctors, junior assistants, senior assistants, health educators, extension educators, field workers, Saffaiwallas (sweepers) and class fourth staff.
Sources said the service books of these fake appointees were created ‘illegally’ in hospitals in nexus with BMOs and executive staff. “It is impossible to create such documents without the nod of the concerned BMO,” they said.
The district officials would also transfer these employees illegally from one block to another to facilitate their employment, the sources said. “The officers used to formulate the service book of the fake appointee in the new block to put lid on the wrongdoings,” the sources added.
GK is in possession of such fraudulent appointment orders made in South Kashmir between 2008 and 2010 by the then CMOs. The employees were mostly engaged in Sallar, Seer, Achabal, Larnoo, Damhal Hanjipora, Qaimoo, Bijbehara, Mattan, Shangus and Dooru blocks in connivance with the concerned BMOs and dealing assistants.
In one such order, a Dental Surgeon (name withheld) was appointed in block Shangus in 2008 against a vacant post. The order claimed that the candidate had the recommendations of the then Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.
As per the order copies, the Saffaiwallas and class IV employees were placed in the grade pay scale against the available vacancy in the blocks without undergoing any recruitment process.
Ironically, every order contains various references and recommendations including that of the Health Minister, some politicians, MLAs and Director Health Services, Kashmir.
However, an official in the Health Department said that no such references or letter numbers mentioned in the order documents exist anywhere. “The reference and recommendations mentioned in the order copies were either fake or incorporated by the officials to accomplish the malicious design,” he said.
Sources said none of the district officials was competent to make any appointment independently without the involvement of Services Selection Board (SSB), which properly advertise the vacant posts for recruitment.
When contacted, the Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman said some people also approached his office about the ‘fraudulent appointments’ allegedly by his officers. “We have constituted an administrative inspection team to verify these allegations and reports,” he said.
About the references and recommendations from the directorate office, he said: “We have checked our records after we received the complaints. But, nothing could be substantiated about the genuineness of these references and letter numbers from our office record,” Dr Rehman said.
However, he refused to comment about the further course of action in this regard. “Let our inspection team submit its report then I will be able to comment,” he said.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 3 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 May 2012 00:00:00 IST
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