SRINAGAR: Incharge medical superintendent of GB Pant Hospital Dr Shafqat Khan has been attached with Government Medical College administrator Rifat Arif for relieving an employee without informing college authorities.
Khan, whose administrative powers have been withdrawn, had relieved anaesthesia assistant Mohammad Hafiz without informing GMC authorities.
“The order (issued by Khan) has been issued without the consent of the higher authorities as required under rules either verbally or in writing. Only such employees are to be relieved, for whom there will be instructions from the office. Hence you are herby warned to remain careful in future,” Rifat had written to Khan.
In his reply, Khan had said, “The communication regarding the ‘relieving of an employee’ is full of arrogance and trespass of jurisdiction and also breach of protocol while addressing a senior officer. Please refrain from using such language in future or I shall have no option than to approach the worthy chief secretary of the state in this regard.”
Rifat told Kashmir Reader, “Khan is an assistant surgeon and he can’t address a senior administrator like me, whose post is equivalent to that of a secretary, like this.”
“I was thinking of suspending him, but then the principal told me to attach him.”
“I have Whatsapped a copy of Shafqat Khan’s letter to commissioner secretary health MK Bandari. He will join the office on Monday and I will have a word with him,” she said.
The administrator has assigned the charge of medical superintendent GB Pant to medical superintendent of SMHS hospital Nazir Hussein Chowdary in addition to his own duties till further orders.
The order copy also says that, “No specimen signature of Dr Shafqat Khan, assistant surgeon, is to be entertained.”
Rifat also made it clear that she will go on ‘protest leave’ if her order is kept in abeyance.
Shafqat Khan, who despite being an assistant surgeon, the entry level position, was made as in charge superintendent of GB Pant Hospital because he is said to have health minister Lal Singh’s blessings.
The high court had asked commissioner secretary health to explain how the department had posted an ineligible candidate on the post.
The commissioner secretary is supposed to submit the reply in court on October 28. He has missed many deadlines given by the court.
During his tenure as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Khan had reportedly transferred about Rs 40 crore of government funds into his own bank account. The funds were meant for opening ANM/GNM schools in Jammu and Kashmir.