Srinagar: Authorities at Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu on Tuesday revoked the termination order of Dr Amit Kumar, who was sacked following his critical comments on Health Minister’s facebook post last week.
The revocation order was issued on Tuesday by Principal GMC Jammu following the overwhelming support to Dr Kumar from various associations and politicians.
“We have reinstated Dr Amit Kumar after he tendered a fresh apology. Resident Doctors Association of Jammu also approached us assuring that such things won’t be repeated in future,” the Principal Dr Sunanda Raina told Kashmir Reader.
She said the College also clarified the confusion that had arise due to the critical comments by Dr Kumar.
Sources said the formal order of his reinstatement will be issued on Thursday, the next working day in the College.
“The decision of revoking the termination was taken late Tuesday evening that is why formal order couldnot be issued,” said a GMC Jammu official.
Earlier, various associations of doctors and government employees came out in support of Dr Amit Kumar, who was served a termination order by Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu after he wrote a critical comment on Health Minister Bali Bhagat’s Facebook post.
Demanding the immediate reinstatement of Dr Kumar as Registrar Anaesthesia at GMC Jammu, the associations criticised the health minister for being so vindictive towards the doctor and sought Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s intervention.
The Jammu & Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee said on Tuesday that Dr Kumar had been terminated without giving him the opportunity to explain his position. “This action shall affect the morale of doctors serving the people of the state,” the JKDCC spokesperson said.
“We urge the CM and Deputy CM of the state to intervene,” the spokesperson said in a statement, and added, “We express support to the Resident Doctors Association of Government Medical College, Jammu, and will join the proposed protest if the government fails to revoke the termination of Dr Kumar with honour.”
The Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of SKIMS Soura also condemned the sacking of Dr Kumar, terming it as “undemocratic” and “illegal”.
“Authorities must reinstate Dr Kumar with honour and dignity to avoid escalation of the grave issue. They should investigate about why the health minister was kept in dark about why he was made to inaugurate a repaired lift by the GMC Jammu administration,” the association said on Tuesday.
The J&K Civil Secretariat (Non-Gazetted) Employees Union urged for a “lenient view” to be taken in the case. “Since the doctor has had a good service record so far and it is unfortunate that this has happened in haste and (a) harsh decision (has been taken) for termination of his posting as Registrar… it is requested your good self to kindly reinstate Dr Amit Kumar back to his services with certain remarks which will clarify (to) him in particular and all officials in general (about) the usage of social media,” General Secretary of the Union, Thannaji Bhat, said in a letter to the Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, Dr Pawan Kotwal.
He said the intention of Dr Kumar was not to “provoke readers”, as the termination order had mentioned. “High professionals like the IPS officer at present – IG Traffic – have resorted to social media to explain their acts. As such, they have become role models for younger officers on making use of social media. There is no fault and dereliction of duty on part of the said doctor and nothing against conduct rules,” the union’s general secretary has said in his letter.