A number of government employees in the health department have been put on deputation on choice of their station, whereas they are getting salary from the station of their actual posting.
This information was revealed through the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was obtained by RTI activist Dhiraj Kumar.
He alleged that the Mandi zonal hospital public information officer (PIO), however, has provided incomplete information to save a few "politically" influential employees, but he had filed his appeal and complaint with the next appellate authority for justice.
The information, which is duly signed by Mandi zonal hospital chief medical officer (CMO) AB Gupta, has revealed that as many as 18 employees, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, clerks, lab technicians and drivers, have been allowed deputation, whereas they are withdrawing their salaries from their actual place of posting.
The department of personnel, Government of Himachal Pradesh, while following the Himachal high court orders had issued an order on May 1, 1999, restricting such deputations and had clearly said in its orders that "a bill of salary should be attached that the official concerned was actually working at the station he/she was posted and any deviation from these instructions shall render and drawing and disbursing officer (DDO) and treasury officer concerned liable for disciplinary action".
However, despite the orders, the deputation of influential employees has been happening without problem.
The RTI information has revealed that as many as three teachers, who were teaching at Nursing School at Mandi, have been obliged with posting on deputation to other places keeping the future of nearly 120 students at stake.
The information also revealed an extraordinary example of favouritism, in which a senior assistant joined at the community health centre (CHC), Ratii, under the Balh segment and was deputed at the Mandi zonal hospital the same day he joined at Ratti CHC.
Dhiraj said, "The information has revealed that a few health centres in rural areas are running without doctors, nurses or pharmacists, whereas in the records proper recruitment has been shown. However, actually the staff is serving at other places of their choice and places of their actual posting are running vacant and hampering health services."