DAK opposes extension to Principal GMC

‘Revoke order, it is a brazen violation of rules’

SRINAGAR:  Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today castigated government’s decision of granting extension to Dr Rafiq Pampori as principal government medical college (GMC) Srinagar after attaining superannuation.

DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan said in a statement here today: “This is a brazen violation of rules and against government order of April 24, 2013 where in a decision of blanket ban on extension, re-engagement or re employment was taken.”

Dr Hassan  said that this ‘flawed practice’ will block the opportunity for new comers with new innovation and ideas. “The aspiring and deserving doctors will not be given opportunities to prove their Mettle. This unhealthy trend will hamper future prospects and block job opportunities of many Doctors. This favoritism by politicians and bureaucrats to blue eyed officers is a grave matter with far reaching ramifications. This will set up a wrong trend for politicians to pick favorites and influential on key positions.”

The DAK president has added that on one hand government is crying hoarse over unemployment, but on the other hand officials are re-employed every now and then. Re-employment of retired officials leads to corruption as there is a clout these officials happen to have framed around their offices. “These officials are unaccountable and resort to wrong doings and get away, the glaring examples of which is BOPEE ex- chairman Mushtaq Peer.”

He said that these ‘retired reemployed officials’ advocate the agenda of politicians and bureaucrats as they owe a debt for the illegal favour they got from them. This is unfortunate that GMC Srinagar after 60 years failed to produce a Principal. Government is wholly and solely responsible for creating a vacuum in sacrosanct institutions.

“Departmental promotions in GMC Srinagar are not being held regularly with the result there is stagnation and new recruitment of faculty is blocked. Government is not implementing medical council of India guidelines in GMC Srinagar. wherein a faculty member will be promoted to professor in a span of seven years, whereas under current  practices it takes ages to become a professor in GMC. If it goes like this many departments will be derecognized because of depleted faculty. Government's insensitive and callous attitude towards the priority sector over the years has hollowed the pillars of the sacrosanct institution.”

The DAK statement added: “Government is keeping dead wood on key positions rather than encouraging fresh blood for rejuvenating administration. It is high time for government to ban on practice of re employment, re engagement, and extension to retired officers. DAK urges government to revoke the order of extension of Dr Rafiq Pampori immediately otherwise we will be left with no option to protest against illegal and unruly order.” 

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