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'Ghost' staff at GMCH: Top officials ignored complaints

The issue of 'ghost' employees at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, had been brought to the notice of the top authorities, including Dr Raj Bahadur, the then director of the institute, and even the UT home secretary; but no action was taken to stop the scam.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2014 11:08 IST
Vishav Bharti

The issue of 'ghost' employees at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, had been brought to the notice of the top authorities, including Dr Raj Bahadur, the then director of the institute, and even the UT home secretary; but no action was taken to stop the scam.

On Tuesday, Ht had highlighted how a staff contractor at GMCH, providing outsourcing services, had connived with officials and kept withdrawing around 50 bogus employees' salaries.

The record available with HT says a former employee of the institute had brought the entire matter of irregularities being done by the contractor to the notice of Dr Raj Bahadur.

About the inaction by the officials concerned, a letter was sent to UT home secretary Anil Kumar on March 7 last year by former employee Harmeet Singh. In the letter, Harmeet had also raised the issue of Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees' State Insurance (ESI) contribution of contractual employees not being deposited to the offices concerned. But no action was taken by the UT administration either.

Sources said that even a senior accounts branch official of the hospital had taken up the matter with Dr Raj Bahadur.

When contacted, Dr Raj Bahadur, who has since shifted to the position of head of the department of orthopaedics at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), said he did not remember any specific complaint. "If there was some complaint, it must have been forwarded to the department concerned," he said.

So far, after several complaints, a departmental chargesheet has been served on an employee of the GMCH who had connived with the contractor and even tried to keep the matter under wraps.