Srinagar: The J&K High Court has directed the government to provide details of all government medical college trained doctors who have abandoned their government jobs in the state.
Hearing a petition filed by a female doctor challenging her termination from service by the government for unauthorised absence, a single bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar directed the Commissioner Secretary to Government, Health Services Department to furnish the details by August 3.
“The respondent-State shall provide detailed information about all these doctors who have undergone MBBS training course in GMC Srinagar/Jammu and who, after their appointment in government services, have abandoned the posts and are not presently working in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the court said, and directed the Commissioner Secretary to file the detailed affidavit.
The National Conference and Congress government had last year revealed that there were more than two hundred doctors working in other countries despite initially joining government services in the state. However, how many of them got MBBS training at GMC was not known and would be revealed once the government submits the details before the court.
Meanwhile, the bench granted more time to the petitioner to file an affidavit as directed by the court on April 15. “In case the affidavit is not filed, then appropriate orders will be passed in the matter,” the court added. The petitioner’s services were terminated by the government for remaining absent from service unauthorisedly, a charge denied by her. Her contention before the court is that she was not absent without authorisation but was ailing and had applied for earned leave of 120 days to her superiors.
She was terminated from services in 2007, along with other officers, and had then approached the court seeking quashment of her termination order. In the affidavit, she has to indicate that she was ill and also produce a copy of her passport to determine whether she had travelled abroad.