SRINAGAR: A pharmacist (dawasaaz) working with government of India’s flagship National Rural Health Mission in Kashmir has managed his appointment on fake certificates but despite a case lodged against him, he continues to work in a state-run hospital against regular monthly salary.
Last month, crime branch Kashmir filed a case (FIR 18/2016) of cheating against Majid Ahmad Khan son of Manzoor Ahmad Khan for managing his appointment on “fake and forged certificate”.
“It was established that the accused has managed his appointment in JLNM Hospital as Dawasaaz on the basis of fake and forged diploma certificate,” said the crime branch.
Khan had in a written statement said that he underwent diploma training in Indian system of medicine dispensary Kenihama Budgam during 2006-07. But the records produced by the medical officer Kenihama revealed that he was neither enrolled nor did attend the institution for training from 2006 till 2008.
Khan along with 10 other pharmacists was appointed in 2009 by a panel led by the then district development commissioner Srinagar. According to the NRHM guidelines, an AYUSH doctor along with a pharmacist (dawasaaz) has to be appointed at Primary Health Center (PHC). However, Khan as an exception was placed at JLNM Hospital where no dawasaaz post exists. His joining report with the health department accessed by Kashmir Reader revealed that the then Chief Medical Officer Srinagar allowed him to join at the hospital instead of the PHC on the outskirts of Srinagar.
His case has created apprehension about the genuineness of other pharmacists who are working across the Valley. It was learnt the health department had sought verification of certificates of pharmacists from Directorate of Indian System of Medicine two-years ago. However, the directorate is yet to reply to the department.
Dr Ayub, who is heading AYUSH center at JLNM Hospital confirmed that Khan was working there. Dr Ayub, however, said that he (Khan) was relieved from the center last year.
“I don’t know where he is posted now,” he said.
NRHM Director Dr Mohan Singh said he would take strict action against the pharmacist and would verify credentials of other employees as well.