RTI query reveals dawasaaz certificate fraud

Srinagar: A Right to Information query has revealed how the director Indian System of Medicine (ISM) flouted rules while issuing dawasaaz (pharamacist) certificates to candidates.
According to the documents obtained through a Right to Information query, the director has issued dawasaaz certificate to one MA Khan in 2008 (under roll no.59) without his nomination for the course that makes a candidate eligible for certification.
Khan, according to the documents, has passed class 10 class examination in 2006 (September session). A class 10 pass was then the basic minimum qualification required for the diploma.
However, Khan was required to be part of 2007 session to be eligible for the diploma certificate in 2008. He does not figure in the list of 41 candidates (31 from Jammu and 11 from Kashmir) nominated in 2007.
“The selection of Khan who is presently working as pharmacist under NHRM is a pointer to how rules have been flouted and certificates issued against hefty sums by the Director,” RTI activist Abdul Rashid Tantry told Kashmir Reader.
Health minister used to nominate candidates for dawasaaz training that was imparted in ISM dispensaries under the supervision of medical officer concerned.
In 2012, Health and Medical Education department came up with the guidelines changing the basic qualification from class 10 to 10+2 and enhancing the duration of course from one year to two years.
Recently, in reply to a Public Interest Litigation petition, the government informed the High Court that after receiving complaints regarding fraudulent issuance of dawasaaz certificates by the director ISM, Vigilance Organization initiated verification into the matter.
“The verification into is in progress and the same will be concluded on merits and the final report will be accordingly submitted before the court,” director Vigilance said.
In the face of the fraud, commissioner/secretary Health and Medical Education department has already cancelled selection order of 994 candidates issued by the director ISM in 2008.
Subsequently, some of those candidates moved the High Court by filing a petition challenging the cancellation of the list.
Taking cognizance of the fraudulent and arbitrary method of selecting candidates for training, the High Court dismissed the petition and directed the government functionaries concerned to frame and formulate the norms and procedure for making nominations for dawasaaz course.
However, according to the petitioner of the PIL, director ISM issued certificates in favour of the candidates without even selection let alone imparting the training.
Some of the certificate holders subsequently got public employment under NRHM. The PIL, pending before the High Court, has asked the court to get cancelled the dawasaaz certificates issued without making proper selections.