Remove Dr Zargar, Dr Pampori or face agitation: DAK to Govt

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir Friday threatened to launch a state wide agitation if government fails to remove Director SKIMS Dr Showkat Zargar and Principal GMC Srinagar Dr Rafiq Pampori from their posts.

While addressing a press conference, DAK president Dr Nissar-ul-Hassan alleged that while Dr Zargar was a ‘tainted’ official, Dr Pampori was given extension after his superannuation in complete violation of norms.

“We will be forced to launch state wide agitation if these two officials are not removed from their posts. We will sit to chart out the agitation program soon,” he said.

Expressing his concern over ‘deteriorating’ condition of health care system in the state, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that the premier health institutions which were once known for high standards are crumbling and patient care is at its lowest ebb.

He alleged that the tall claims of government to remove re-employed and tainted officials have fallen flat as they continue to hold highest positions of premier health institutions and they are responsible for worsening of these crucial life saving assets.

“Dr Showkat Zargar was terminated for his unauthorized absence in April 1993 but managed his reentry through backdoor in September 1998 and refixed his seniority by fraud and was appointed Director SKIMS ignoring 12 others who had much superior credentials and merit,” DAK president said.

He said not only Zargar managed to get re-employed but also continues with his position despite attaining superannuation in May 2014.

“Despite documentary evidence against him for his involvement in financial irregularities, corruption, nepotism and fraud he continues to hold his position,” he alleged.

“There are 9 pages missing from his service book. He brought sub-standard oxygen plant. CAG in its report claimed that 12865 deaths have taken place in the state in last 5 years. He on papers has shown that Rs 3.5 crore have been spent on flood hit machines while as on ground there is no change,” he said.

He also alleged Zargar for failing to advertise the appointment of Assistant Professors posts since 2011. “It was only recently he advertised for an appointment of AP post for his own son,” he said.

Meanwhile, DAK president said that Dr Rafiq Pampori Principal GMC Srinagar was given one year extension after his superannuation in February 2014 which was against recruitment rules and government order on blanket ban on re-engagement.

“A dubious order was issued by director finance department which says that SRO 164 dated 08-06-2014 applies to Dr Rafiq. The order was issued just two days before the new dispensation took over which gives us to understand that he continues with his illegal position in connivance with some higher ups” he said.

He said that these health officials have “ruined” the prestigious health institutions and people have lost faith and trust in these institutions.

“These officials have unleashed a reign of terror and subjugation against those employees who are raising voice against their illegalities. If these tainted officials are not removed we have no other choice but to go for state wide agitation. We will be on roads as we cannot see our premier institutions dying and it is our duty to safeguard them” he added.

Meanwhile, DAK alleged that government has failed to implement drug policy which was aimed to make drugs available to the poorest of poor in government hospitals.

“Patients are dying of simple infections due to non-availability of drugs in government run hospitals. The trade of spurious/substandard drugs in valley continues unabated and no efforts are made to curb this menace,” he said.

He added that medical colleges which were sanctioned by center last year to ensure quality healthcare to rural residents are yet to be made operational and poor people in rural areas continue to suffer. 

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