(Mr. Syed Basharat, 31, was born in Kreeri, Baramulla, and did his schooling in Kreeri, and later in Uri and Sopore. He graduated from the Degree College in Baramulla and completed his Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the Kashmir University in 2005. He has been a reporter for Kashmir Images, a Srinagar based daily, London based website Gaashonline.Com, and a Srinagar based journal, Globe. Currently, he is working as a special correspondent with Jammu based daily newspaper, The Kashmir Times.)
Administrative mis-adventures in G B Pant hospital: Employee service books ‘fraudulently’ signed
Srinagar: It is not only hapless infants who died because of official apathy but the employees working in G B Pant hospital are surely going to face unexplained trouble, once they retire from their services. Courtesy: their ‘forged’ service books.
Kashmir Times is in possession of an official document, disclosing how an unauthorised non state government employee has signed almost all the service books of hospital employees illegally.
Informed sources revealed that Dr Muneer Masoodi, the present Medical Superintendent G B Pant hospital has shot off a letter to the government exposing Dr Tejinder Singh’s extra constitutional ‘administrative’ adventures. Dr Masoodi was presented certain services books for completion/verification of services, increment entries and leave entries as Drawing and Disbursing Officer of G B Pant hospital which has prompted him to inform the government about the malpractices of Dr Singh.
‘It came as a shock to the undersigned and extreme surprise that many of these service books had been signed by an employee not of the state of Jammu and Kashmir government, but that of the Cantonment Board who is not on rolls of the G B Pant/children hospital and who was a Resident Medical Officer in 1994 and was asked by the government to act as Dy MS under some Memorandum of Understanding signed between state government and the Cantonment Board,” reads the letter forwarded by Dr Masoodi, the copy of which is in possession of Kashmir Times.
The letter adds: “The person concerned, one Dr Tejinder Singh, has been signing these service books of the employees as Medical Superintendent of the hospital which is against all business norms, service conduct rules, financial laws and codes and authority prescribed. For years together in some cases Dy MS has been utilising the seal of Medical Superintendent whereas his signatures are not authenticated in the treasury ever since and the service books now bear number of doubtful entries which no one can authenticate.”
Terming the disclosures as an extremely sad state of affairs in the hospital, Dr Masoodi has demanded probe into the fraud allegedly committed by Dr Singh. “The undersigned regrets to mention that once these service books will be presented for settlement of pension cases, the employees are going to be in a big trouble…As a corrective measure, I would like to suggest that an administrative inspection of all these service books lying in the office of establishment of the Medical Superintendent of G B Pant hospital be conducted by accounts officer GMC Srinagar, accounts officer associated hospitals in Srinagar and personal officer of associated hospitals.”
The present Medical Superintendent has further recommended that entries in the service books where fictitious signatures have been found be re-verified from the personal files of the employees and written with the fresh entries. “And a committee of officers should certify that the entries made are genuine and then alone these entries be made into the service books of these employees after informing all the concerned quarters. Matter may be treated on priority and urgent as the employees are retiring and they may get in trouble and may face unnecessary delay in settlement of pension cases for no fault of theirs,” reads the letter of present Medical Superintendent G B pant hospital.
Sources have revealed that the height of inefficiency on part of the administrative department health and medical education civil secretariat is that it has never asked for financial and administrative inspections for all these years till the situation took ugly turn and anybody could sign service books without any authority and get away with it for years together.
“The person (Dr Singh) has made a bonfire of all service rules, putting hundreds of employees’ of G B pant hospital into big trouble,” sources in the civil secretariat said. It is also surprising that the annual audit parties of accounts department and office of accounts general Kashmir could not locate this gross blunder, sources informed.
When asked about his letter to the government, Dr Muneer Masoodi, told Kashmir Times: “I cannot comment on any of the subjects related to this hospital in view of the Public Interest Litigation against G B Pant hospital being heard by the Honorable High Court.”