SRINAGAR: The government has formally granted voluntary retirement to former principal of the Government Medical College Dr Rafiq Pampori.
In an order issued on Thursday, the government has stated that the request for withdrawal his voluntary retirement has been refused and his voluntary retirement accepted.
“A sanction is hereby accorded to: the rejection of the request for the withdrawal of the voluntary retirement of Prof (Dr) Rafique Ahmad Pampori, principal, Governmnet Medical College, Srinagar, made vide his letter dated 21/12/2015; and the grant of voluntary retirement in favour of Prof. (Dr) Rafique Ahmad Pampori w.e.f 01/02/2016…,” reads the order issued by the government.
Dr Pampori had gone on a protest leave in December, but he subsequently applied for voluntary retirement after then-health and education minister Chowdary Lal Singh appointed ineligible candidates on higher positions without his consent.
The former principal, however, sought to withdraw his decision on the late chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s request, who also assured him that GMC would soon be made an autonomous body.
The next day, Dr Pampori had sent a joining report to civil secretariat, showing his willingness to resume the office.
But Singh resisted it.
“I don’t care where Pampori is going. He has asked for leave, we granted that. He asked for voluntary retirement, and we have forwarded (his request) to the office concerned,” he had told Kashmir Reader.