Hundreds promoted to technical posts without scrutiny
SRINAGAR: Functioning without a screening committee, the Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar and its associated hospitals are promoting hundreds of non-technical employees to technical posts sans scrutiny of their degree and diploma certificates.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that in-service candidates of GMC Srinagar seeking promotions at technical posts usually get through without having their diplomas and degree certificates validated.
“Many in-service Class-IV employees submit paramedical diploma and degree certificates obtained from unrecognised out-of-state institutes and easily get promotions on the basis of the same,” they said.
“Whether the certificates are valid and the institutes recognised cannot be ascertained by the GMC authorities because there is no academic council or selection committee to check the authentication of certificates of in-service candidates,” said an official in the GMC Srinagar’s administrative department.
He said a large number of Class IV employees have managed promotions against technical posts after producing dubious certificates.
“This amounts to grave negligence as the employees promoted on the basis of dubious degrees do not know the basics of the field. It also has a direct bearing on patient care,” the official said.
As per official figures, the sanctioned strength of paramedics at GMC Srinagar and its associated hospital is 2,011. However, only 1,120 persons are presently working against these posts while 891 posts are still vacant.
The official said that nearly 435 paramedics are working under academic arrangement basis and 363 posts are still pending selection with the J&K Services Selection Board.
“The huge vacancy gives a good chance to non-technical employees to get promotions using dubious certificates,” a doctor at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital said.
According to a paramedic employee, the issue is not confined to paramedical courses alone. Some ITI certificates are also obtained from unrecognised institutes for promotions in GMC Srinagar to plumbers’ and electricians’ posts.
“Some incumbents also claim to have obtained certificates from Valley paramedical institutes via distance mode, which is against regulations as in-service employees cannot pursue courses in regular mode without being deputed for the same by the controlling authority through the proper channel,” he said.
GMC Administrator Ghulam Rasool Kumar told Kashmir Reader that his office checks all the degree certificates of employees who sought internal promotion to various posts.
“We usually seek confirmation and clarification from the respective institutions. As such, there is no screening committee in the GMC Srinagar to check whether the certificates have been obtained through J&K state Paramedical Council-approved institutes,” he admitted.
Many aggrieved J&K paramedical candidates termed it an “injustice” to them.
“There are more than 10 paramedical institutes in the Valley controlled by the J&K state Paramedical Council, which is headed by the GMC Principal. The candidates who complete various courses from these institutes remain at a disadvantage,” they said.
“We complete paramedical and other technical courses spending our hard-earned money and two to three years. But this mismanagement is taking a toll on our elevation despite our working hard while serving people and later updating ourselves with advanced courses,” said a nursing student at AMT College Srinagar.
The candidates have sought the intervention of the Principal, GMC Srinagar.
“She should issue strict instructions to all DDOs of GMC Srinagar’s and associated hospitals to desist from such practices in future, so that patient care is not put to risk and there is no injustice with the paramedical pass-outs,” they said.
The Principal of GMC Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, said that she had received complaints about some candidates seeking promotions on dubious degrees obtained from outside colleges. However, she rejected out-right the claim that any employee was promoted in her tenure.
“We get all the certificates scrutinised by our Administrator and personnel section officials before sending them for departmental promotions. We also issue a seniority list of paramedics online and seek objections from people, especially aggrieved candidates,” she said.