Recruitment scam at PGI: Admn tried to brush issue under the rug

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2015 09:28 IST

A day after a recruitment scam at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, came to the fore, wherein people claimed that they have received calls and were being asked to pay money to ensure that they get the job, the hospital administration seems to be sleeping over the scam.

The Hindustan Times on Wednesday had reported that how several candidates who had appeared in the examination held recently for the posts of technician at the PGIMER, have been receiving calls and asked to pay Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh for job at PGIMER.

The caller who identified himself as a PGI official had called only those candidates who had cleared the written examination and got the interview calls. To probe their credibility, the callers also shared confidential records of the candidates. The calls being received by the candidates are coming from mobile number 75086-50905.

More unsuspecting job seekers come forward

The issue was not limited to a few, but the calls were made to a large number of candidates. After reading the HT news story, more candidates came forward claiming that they have also got similar calls.

The sources in the PGI administration revealed that some candidates had also brought the issue to the knowledge of senior institute officials. However, instead acting on the information, the institute tried to brush it under the carpet and announced the examination result and issued appointment letters to the candidates within a few days, showing unusual promptness.

A senior official, on the condition of anonymity, revealed that after they came to know about the issue, they decided to complete the recruitment process within a few days.

Yogesh Yadav from Jamwari village, near Hansi, Hisar, who had appeared for the junior technician post, revealed that he got at least five calls wherein the caller sought Rs 10 lakh for the job selection. The caller also assured him that they would manage marks in the written examination as well. When Yadav told him that he was son of a farmer and cannot pay the bribe, the He said that he could get his work done for Rs 8 lakh. Apparently, when the result was announced the candidate was not selected. "We will take appropriate action in this matter," said Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson, PGIMER.

Legal view

According to legal experts, it is PGIMER director's duty to get an FIR lodged into the case, since the racketeers were trying to extort money on behalf of the PGIMER administration and were using institute's records.

"The recruitment should be fair. But at the same time, it should also seem to be fair. For this, onus lies with the top leadership. The institute should put out notices seeking information on these callers from public at large. Besides internal probe, they should not hesitate in approaching police even at this stage as the matter relates to public appointments and reports are claiming that the caller had shared personal records of the applicants," said advocate, Punjab and Haryana high court, Vikas Chatrath.

No. of posts

There were around 130 posts of junior laboratory technician, junior technician (X-ray) and operation theatre assistant, for which interviews were held on May 6 and the selection process is already complete

There were 78 posts for medical technologists, for which examination were held in February.

Rates as claimed by the callers

Rates for getting the exam cleared was between Rs 10 to Rs 14 lakh and for getting interview cleared was Rs 2 to Rs 4 lakh.

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