Stirring up a controversy, the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association (HCMSA) on Saturday condemned the “unwarranted and unfortunate” suspension of a civil surgeon, Narnaul, because he refused to appoint “incompetent” candidates on contractual basis under the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM).
The HCMSA office-bearers have alleged that health minister Rao Narender Singh forced Dr Chander Mohan, civil surgeon, Narnaul, to change a list of selected candidates. Dr Mohan did not accede to the minister's demand because the list of selected candidates had already been finalised and displayed after getting approval from the Narnaul deputy commissioner on May 30, they alleged.
On the same day around 5.30pm, Dr Mohan received his suspension order by fax, the HCMSA said, adding that it was shocking to see that how he was “rewarded for his honesty and sincerity”.
Association president Dr Kuldeep Singh alleged that under the NRHM programme, many contractual employees were being recruited for different post at the district-level. “Politicians and bureaucrats are pressurising all civil surgeons to recruit incompetent and undeserving candidates. If any civil surgeon doesn't surrender to their wishes, he or she is victimised,” he alleged.
“Such practices lead to poor delivery of health services and implementation of programmes. It is a matter of grave concern. Civil surgeons have been demoralised and not able to work smoothly. Some of them are even planning to leave the job,” the association president said. The HCMSA has received complaints from across the state in this regard.
The association demanded that the civil surgeon, Narnaul, should be reinstated without taking any disciplinary action against him, else a state-level meeting will be called after a week's time to decide the future course of action.
“The HCMSA demands that recruitments under the NRHM should be done by the mission's state headquarters to avoid such a situation,” Dr Singh added.
Minister rubbishes allegation
Haryana health minister Rao Narender Singh rubbished the allegation that he forced the Narnaul civil surgeon to recruit “incompetent” candidates. Dr Chander Mohan was suspended in the wake of a large number of complaints against him, the minister said.
“We received several complaints, verbal, written and even on affidavits, against him (Dr Mohan), following which I had brought the matter to the notice of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. After getting the CM's approval, it was decided to suspend him,” he said, adding that a committee had been constituted to examine allegations against the civil surgeon.