Fake appointees force CMO Anantnag office shut

Anantnag, Aug 12: Employees appointed in the Health Department without any proper recruitment process have locked down the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag and are protesting against the ‘pick and choose policy’.

Unhealthy state of health department can be gauged from the fact that no official has came to negotiate with protesting ‘fake appointees’ who locked down the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag. Reports said that

In 2012, Finance Department pointed out irregularities in the Health Department exposing the much hyped recruitment scam. Some 2274 fake appointees were established by then Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ul-Rehman, who was heading the committee constituted by the government. 

Unpaid from last two years, the protesting appointees alleged that government resorted to pick and choose policy in clearing the cases. “Those who could pay large sums are drawing the salaries while others are being punished,” appointees told Kashmir observer. 

They said that if Finance Department identified 2274 fake appointees why government is withholding the salaries of only 133 employees. “We are being made a scapegoat in this scandal which is the reason that we are protesting and have locked down the office of Chief Medical officer,” Javid Ahmad, an appointee told Kashmir observer, adding authorities should apply the same yardstick on every one. 

He said that appointees will continue to protest till they will get justice. “Either release ours salary or stop the salary of all 2274 appointees which were identified by the finance department,” they said. 

They said that they couldn’t see their children starve threatening they would bring their family members to join the protests. “We will close the office of the Chief Medical Officer,” they said. 

A senior officer of the Health Department confirmed to Kashmir observer that CMO’s office is dysfunctional from last over ten days. “They aren’t allowing the CMO to enter the office,” he said.

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