The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has summoned in person Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, on a petition filed by a human rights group over ailing health sector in Kashmir.
"Despite notice, Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department hasn't filed any report. Issue notice to him to appear in person on next date of hearing," reads an order passed by Commission Chairperson Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki.
In its petition before the Commission, the Conveyor Center for Peace and Protection of Human Rights MM Shuja had prayed that public at large in Kashmir were being "deprived of basic right to health" and doctors from the government sector were fleecing patients in private hospitals and nursing homes where they were working.
"The medicos not only get advisory/surgical charges but also receive hefty commissions from diagnostic centers, chemists and pharmacists. Government has granted registration to private hospitals not only with the object of supplementing the government efforts but also with an idea that more employment would be generated in private sector. But by hiring the services of those (doctors) who are already in the government sector the very object of granting registration gets defeated," reads the petition that was filed by Shuja before the SHRC last week, list a series of problems that had plagued the health sector in Kashmir.
The petition had also referred to a series of report published in Greater Kashmir about sale of spurious and sub-standard medicines in Kashmir and sought Commission's attention towards the issue.
Following the submission of the petition, the SHRC had sought response from the Commissioner/Secretary Health.
However the Commission has now summoned the official owing to his failure to respond to the notice.
"In view of the above directions you are asked to appear in person before the commission on the scheduled date – March 6, 2017," reads the Commission order.