Travelling in the same vehicle to attend a medical conference, but claiming the allowance separately has landed two assistant professors at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, in the soup.
The institute administration on Wednesday placed the matter before the governing body seeking approval to start disciplinary proceedings against Dr Sonu Goel, an assistant professor at the department of community medicine and Dr Pramod Gupta, an assistant professor in department of biostatistics. The meeting in Delhi was chaired by union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, also the president of the PGIMER governing body.
Sources said Dr Sonu Goel and Dr Pramod Gupta had visited Nepal last year to attend a conference on public health. Later, the internal vigilance cell of the institute received a complaint that both of them travelled in the same vehicle, but claimed travel allowance separately. Even though the matter was a few thousand rupees, the PGIMER started investigations into the matter and formed an inquiry committee, under Dr Anil Bhansali, head, department of endocrinology. Accepting the report, the chief vigilance officer of the institute Dr Surjit Singh submitted to the director.
If the governing body approves, the doctors will be served a charge-sheet.