A senior professor re-employed by the University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, (UHSR) is in trouble for enjoying unauthorised pecuniary benefit at the cost of state exchequer.
Dr HS Hooda, a professor of nuclear science at UHSR, is under scrutiny for allegedly drawing both full pension and salary, a serious violation under civil services rules (CSR).
Dr Hooda was re-employed by UHSR after he took voluntary retirement from the post of assistant professor from the same institution. Post-retirement, the UHSR selected Dr Hooda for a post carrying a pay scale PB Rs 37400-6700 and grade pay Rs 10,000 along with other admissible allowances. However, separately, he continued to draw pension and did not discontinue or voluntarily abandoned it. The pension drawn by him also had a component compensating the non-practising allowance (NPA) drawn by him at the time of his retirement.
The anomaly came to light when local auditors raised an objection. Subsequently, the matter was referred to the medical education and research department, which in turn sought the views of the finance department (FD).
“There is an obligation on retired persons drawing pension to inform the government if they get themselves gainfully employed while drawing pension. As per treasury rules, they have to certify to the pension dispersing authority that they are not employed elsewhere,’’ wrote the medical education and research department.
During the scrutiny, the finance department found that after seeking voluntary retirement, Dr Hooda went abroad to work without taking any approval from the competent authority.
Quoting rules 7.26 and 7.27 of civil services rules (CSR)-II, the FD said that if a pensioner to whom this rules applies wishes to accept any commercial employment before the expiry of two years from the date of his retirement, he should obtain previous sanction of the competent authority. No pension shall be payable to a pensioner who accepts a commercial employment without sanction in respect of any period for which he is so employed or such longer period as the competent authority may direct, the finance department said.
The FD has now written to the medical education and research department to explain whether or not any sanction of permission was obtained by Dr Hooda from the competent authority. The FD has also ordered that Dr Hooda’s pay be fixed as per rule 7.18 of CSR-II that says the competent authority to fix the pay and allowances of the post in which the pensioner is re-employed shall determine whether his pension shall be held wholly or partly in abeyance. If the pension is drawn wholly or in part, such authority shall take the fact into account in fixing the pay to be allowed to him.
The FD has also ordered initiation of disciplinary action against the delinquent officials who prepared wrong pay fixation of Dr Hooda. It has also advised recovery of the excess amount from Dr Hooda.
University vice-chancellor Dr SS Sangwan was unavailable for comment.