ISM doctor accuses official of spreading wrong info to media

Srinagar: A medico of Indian System of Medicine posted in frontier district of Kupwara Tuesday alleged that the Assistant Director ISM took the official record from his clinic during an inspection and later ‘defamed’ him by ‘passing wrong information’ to sections of media.
Medical officer ISM, Dr Shabir Ahmad Parray posted at Budnamal, Kupwara claims that his clinic was inspected by Assistant Director, Sujad Sujah along with his driver on August 28, 2014 at 10:00 am during which he was told to submit facsimile copies of his OPD and attendance registries.
“As there is no electricity and Xerox facility in the clinic and in the area so the AD told me that he will take OPD and attendance register along with him, which I can collect later from office of the Assistant Director Medical Officer (ADMO), Kupwara on or before August 30,” said Parray.
Parray said that since the work done and attendance statements are routinely submitted on last working day of the month so the AD told me to maintain the record of the remaining two days of the month in advance before submitting the records.
“Since it was possible for the monthly attendance only, but in case of OPD record it was not possible to anticipate the patients in advance so Sujah told me to enter the names of the patients who are routinely dated for the regimental therapy for last two days of every month,” said Parray.
He also said that after submitting the record he was issued a receipt by the AD in which it was mentioned that the OPD and attendance register was taken from him on August 28 at 10:30 a.m. He said that on August 30, he gave the formal statement before the ADMO, Kupwara regarding the advance two-day attendance in the official records and submitting of the same before AD.
“The copy of the statement was send to District Commissioner Kupwara also,” said Parray.
However, on September 02, a section of the local media carried a news story in which AD Sujah was quoted as saying that Parray was absent from the duty on the date of inspection and as per official records he puts his attendance and the patients in advance.
“If I was absent from the duty on the date of inspection then how I was given a receipt for submitting the records by the AD on same date? Had I been doing my attendance in advance then I would not have acknowledged it in my statement before ADMO?” said Parray.
He said that doctors posted in far-flung areas are continuously harassed and defamed by the higher officials in order to put them under pressure and accept their postings in far off areas even after completion of their term of duty in these areas.
“Even after I have given 20 years of my service in far off areas as against the official term of seven years I was still posted in this area,” said Parray.
When AD ISM, Sujah was contacted on the issue he denied of giving any information to the media.
“I collected the record from the Medical Officer in his (Parray) presence of which I gave him a receipt as well. But I did not give any information to any section of the media,” said Sujah.