Inquiry ordered into ‘embezzlement’ at SKIMS pharmacy dept

Inquiry ordered into ‘embezzlement’ at SKIMS pharmacy dept
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Srinagar: The SKIMS Soura administration has ordered a fresh inquiry into alleged embezzlement of funds at the institute’s pharmacy department after many drugs and consumables were found missing from the Cath Lab drug counter and pharmacists were alleged to have not deposited money in the institute’s accounts for more than a year.
According to an official order, the inquiry has been ordered by Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan, to investigate a complaint against pharmacist Mushtaq Hussain Bhat regarding misplaced items at Cath Lab drug counter.
The inquiry committee has been asked to submit its report within 20 days.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the matter came to fore after an employee complained that pharmacy department officials were found withholding money meant to be deposited in SKIMS accounts within a few days after the sale of drugs and consumables.
“Every cash transaction as per financial code is to be deposited in the bank account and treasury on daily basis. No cash can be accumulated by a government employee in his/her custody. It is a case of embezzlement of government exchequer. The issue has been taken seriously by the SKIMS administration and inquiry has been ordered,” said an official privy to the developments.
Officials of the pharmacy department including the pharmacist named in the inquiry are alleged to have accumulated cash of about Rs 28 lakh in their custody for more than a year during 2017 to 2018, the official said.
“The drug counters are looked after senior pharmacists and faculty in-charge Dr Ghulam Hassan Yatoo supervises the transaction of sold stock. Despite that, embezzlement has occurred in the pharmacy department, which means they were aware of the wrongdoing but chose to conceal it,” the official said.
Sources further said that a pharmacist who replaced the accused as in-charge of the Cath lab counter found items worth Rs 28 lakh missing from the counter.
“The pharmacist reported the same to the faculty in-charge of drug and pharmacy but no action was taken against the said officials,” sources said.
Soon after the matter of embezzlement was brought to the notice of Director SKIMS, he directed the Medical Superintendent to constitute an inquiry committee which should submit its report and fix responsibility within 20 days.
Medical Superintendent Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan told Kashmir Reader that the HOD Hospital Administration, who is the faculty in-charge of the Pharmacy Department, has been asked to explain his position on the matter.
“We are inquiring into the complaint. We will be able to tell you more once the inquiry report is submitted,” he said.