Sisodia fires polyclinic worker caught watching film on duty

  • Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 01:39 IST
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia asked the polyclinic in-charge to remove the operator from his post. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has ordered the removal of a data entry operator of a Delhi government polyclinic for watching a movie on the office computer during duty hours.

Sisodia and health minister Satyendar Jain conducted a surprise inspection at the polyclinic in east Delhi’s Patparganj on Wednesday.

The incident was caught on camera. The video shows the operator was so engrossed in the movie that the minister had to tap him on his shoulder to make his presence felt.

“Do you know what he was doing? He was watching a movie here,” Sisodia is heard telling the person in-charge in the video. “Are these computers installed here for watching movies? If you want entertainment, do it on your own time at home, not during the work hours.”

The minister is seen asking the operator why he was watching a movie when people were standing in long queues outside. The operator replied he had cleared his line before sitting down to watch the movie.

“The deputy chief minister asked the in-charge to remove the data entry operator from his post immediately,” said AAP spokesperson Nagendra Sharma.

In June, the health minister had suspended two senior doctors from Satyawadi Raja Harishchandra hospital after the contractual staff complained of irregularities in payments.

He had visited Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital on the same day, where he terminated the services of two junior resident doctors for transfusing blood of the wrong group to a woman admitted with low haemoglobin levels.

In February, after one such surprise visit, show cause notices were issued to 132 doctors, health officials and paramedical staff at Aruna Asaf Ali hospital and Maharshi Valmiki hospital as they were absent during duty hours.


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