Tak seeks high-level probe into NRHM appointments

Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Firdous Tak Monday sought a high level probe into the appointments made under centrally sponsored National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Kishtwar district, saying there were serious complaints with regard to the selection process.

Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Firdous Tak Monday sought a high level probe into the appointments made under centrally sponsored National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Kishtwar district, saying there were serious complaints with regard to the selection process.

Replying to a written query of the MLC in the Upper House, during Question Hour, Minister of State for Health Asiya Naqash informed the house that about 169 doctors were engaged under NRHM during financial year 2012-13, while in 213-14 about 219 doctors were appointed on contractual basis.

The minister admitted that serious complaints were received by the DDC Kishtwar as well as by the Mission Director NRHM with regard to the appointments of Dental Surgeon, Physiotherapists, Counselors, Dental Assistants and Para-medics made by the District Health Society Kishtwar, few months back.

 "The details of the probe conducted by the District SP on the instructions of DDC Kishtwar have not been shared with the Mission Director, NHM", the minister said adding that "however, DDC Kishtwar has, as per the report submitted by ADC, found the allegations false". 

"The government has admitted that there were allegations so what prevented the authorities to order high level probe. Unfortunately the DC, who was part of the process, has himself raised doubts and got the thing inquired by an officer subordinate to him", he pointed out adding, "Howe can ADC give an adverse report against his superior officer. This is travesty of entire process and raises doubts on the very credibility of the appointments".

Tak alleged that candidates possessing invalid diplomas have found place in the selection list while the DC instead of conducting the interviews himself had delegated powers to a Tehsildar, "who was made part of the process illegally". 

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