Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has directed officials of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura to submit a “performance report” of the ousted Director, Dr AG Ahangar within one month to discuss it in the next Governing Council meeting.
Dr Ahangar, who was removed by the government after three senior doctors of SKIMS were found indulging in private practice, will also face a “full-fledged” official inquiry for “lack of supervision” in the administration.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that Mehbooba Mufti ordered the inquiry and asked for Dr Ahangar’s “performance report” so that all the details and facts come to surface.
“The orders were issued after the members of the SKIMS Governing Council sought details from the government about the whole controversy,” said an official privy to the meeting.
He said the Chief Minister had expressed concern over the recent developments at SKIMS and directed the officials to take strict measures for improving facilities at the institution.
“She was pained by the whole episode which followed a sting operation by a new channel. She also took some strong decisions and asked the Chief Secretary to ensure that no doctor indulges in private practice in future. She also asked the institution functionaries to submit details about Dr Ahangar’s tenure as he was accused of lack of supervision,” the official said.
“Government is very clear on the issue of private practice now. It’s a criminal offence for SKIMS faculty and the government informed us that they will deal with violators accordingly. Chief Minister also promised us that the outcome of the inquiry and other details will be discussed with us,” said Dr MS Khuroo, senior sastroenterologist and member of the Governing Body.
Private practice is a criminal offence for the SKIMS faculty as they draw non-practicing allowances worth 25 percent of their salary and dearness allowance.
The government had ordered the attachment of SKIMS Director Dr AG Ahanger with the General Administration Department while three faculty members, the Dean and Head of Department of General Surgery, Dr Altaf Kirmani; Head of Neurology Department Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Wani; and Head of Neonatology Department Dr Wajid Ali were asked to report to the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.
Following the removal of Dr Ahangar, the resident doctors at SKIMS went on a strike which badly affected patient care at the institution.
Later, Dr Ahangar joined his office on Thursday after the High Court put a stay on his attachment with the General Administration Department (GAD).
However, the state government later in the evening appointed Dr Omar Javed Shah as the interim director of the institution. While Ahangar stayed in the office of Director, Shah started work from the office of the Joint Director.
Next day, the Governing Council of the institution headed by the Chief Minister ratified the government decision to relieve Dr Ahangar.
The premier body also gave the go-ahead to the appointment Dr Omar Javed Shah as the new Director.
The meeting also decided to constitute a small management committee to be set up by SKIMS which shall meet periodically to monitor the functioning of the institute and recommend measures as would be required to improve its overall functioning.