Director NHM & Dir AIDS to be shown the door, HoDs, CMOs, BMOs and MS of hospitals to be replaced
Srinagar: Intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has led to the J&K government mulling a major reshuffle in the Health and Medical Education Department.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that following complaints and media reports about administrative lapses in the implementation of various health schemes, Governor Satya Pal Malik has approved a proposal to replace top officials in the health department including Director National Health Mission (NHM) Dr Mohan Singh, Director J&K AIDS Control Society Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, HoDs, Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), Block Medical Officers (BMOs), and Medical Superintendents of various hospitals.
“The PMO has recently ordered a probe into the non-implementation of various schemes in J&K including emergency ambulance services, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, National Dialysis Program, Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program (BMMP), and Ayushman Bharat. This has prompted the J&K government to remove top officials from their positions,” official sources said.
A senior administrator said that the replacement of Principal Secretary Health and Director Health Services, Kashmir, is also part of the move.
“The government is working out the list of officials to be replaced immediately. It will happen in a phased manner so that the reshuffle doesn’t affect the functioning of the hospitals,” he said.
A senior official privy to the development told Kashmir Reader that the PMO received complaints from various stakeholders about non-implementation of health schemes due to administrative lapses. Media reports also painted a grim picture of health schemes in J&K, which
prompted the PMO to initiate a probe against National Health Mission officers and other health officials in the state responsible for the execution of the programmes.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at health officials of J&K in a video conference which was attended by J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and former Principal Secretary Health, Pawan Kotwal.