Rules flouted in appointment
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed a much-favoured doctor as the Medical Superintendent of Kashmir’s lone maternity specialty, the Lal Ded Hospital, without following promotion and recruitment rules.
As per the government order, Consultant SMHS Hospital Dr Shabir Ahmad Sediqui has been posted as In-charge Medical Superintendent at Lal Ded Hospital.
“He will take over the charge of the post on superannuation of the present incumbent on January 31, 2018,” says the order issued by Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department, Pawan Kotwal.
The order issued on January 19 has made the appointment questionable as it was issued more than 20 days before the superannuation of outgoing Medical Superintendent Dr Nazir Malik.
According to official sources, the government has violated the J&K Medical Education (Gazetted) Recruitment Rules 1979 (SRO of 2013) because Dr Sediqui doesn’t have the administrative experience mandatory for the Medical Superintendent appointment.
The rules said a doctor should have administrative experience of five years to be eligible for the post of Medical Superintendent of hospitals associated with any Government Medical College (GMC).
“Dr Shabir was appointed as B-Grade Specialist (now Consultant), Anaesthesia, in 2008 for the Health and Medical Education Department. Later he served in different hospitals as Anaesthetist without any posting as administrator. But the present government is giving him undue favours because of his relatives in the ruling party,” said a senior faculty member of GMC Srinagar.
The government is also continuing with its faulty policy of ad-hoc appointment of doctors as administrators in the H&ME department.
Healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir is already plagued with the policy of ad-hoc appointments as the state has nearly 100 medical officers and consultants who have been posted as temporary administrators for years in violation of promotion and recruitment rules.
Most of the administrative posts, including Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents of various hospitals, Block Medical Officers and Principals, are held by doctors appointed on ad-hoc basis, as per official records.