Row Erupts After NHM Refers SKIMS As 'Shri Krishna Institute’

Srinagar- A major controversy erupted on Thursday over the distortion in the name of Valley’s premier Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in official documents evoking sharp criticism from National Conference, besides a large section of netizens on social media.

The goof-up in the official documents of National Health Mission showing ‘Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences’ as 'Shri Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences' (SKIMS) was spotted by veteran journalist Yusuf Jameel on Thursday morning who shared a screen grab of the document on the microblogging site twitter.

"So #NationalhealthMission mentions Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences as 'Shri Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences' in its document on Hepatitis control program," Jameel tweeted.

Immediately after Jameel’s tweet went viral, the locals flayed the NHM for "consciously” renaming the Valley’s largest tertiary care hospital after Hindu diety lord Krishna.

“Sher-e-Kashmir and Shri Krishna are unmistakably different terms. It clearly implies that changing Sher-e-Kashmir to Shri Krishna wasn’t just a typo or a technical error,” tweeted one Afaan Mushtaq.

Three hours after the journalist’s tweet triggered a debate on social media, National Health Mission’s, Mission Director for J&K Choudhary Mohammad Yasin called Yusuf Jameel’s shared document “concocted” and “fake”.

Immediately after the Director’s rebuttal, Kashmir Observer accessed the official website of NHM and got hold of the official document, “National Viral Hepatitis Control Programme” uploaded by NHM. On Page 17 of the official document, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer, it was clearly mentioned on two different columns that the NHM has termed SKIMS as “Shri Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar”.

Pertinently, the NHM’s J&K Director had to face a backlash for his “misinformation” by netizens, including National Conference’s Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar.

“I cross checked the image with the link provided with the tweet. The govt document clearly mentions Sri Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences instead of Sher e Kashmir IMS. The document in the link cannot be fake. Is the NHM website fake too. Pls enlighten @yasinc_ias.” Imran had tweeted.

Almost 30 minutes after the Mission director’s tweet, the NHM had dismounted the document from its official website; Yasin Chaudhary had deleted his earlier rebuttal against the veteran journalist and issued a public apology on Twitter.

“I apologize for the misinformed comment earlier. The erroneous document has been taken down. There was a clerical error at the Ministry's end that entailed the wrong full form in the ppt. Request everyone to please donot assume any unjustified [email protected]”, Chaudhary wrote in another Tweet in an attempt to control more damage.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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