For allegedly preparing the death certificate of a man who was alive, the district health department officials on Tuesday earned the wrath of chief parliamentary secretary for health and family welfare Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.
She made a sudden visit to the civil surgeon's office here on the complaint of Narinder Singh of Sirhind district that in 2006, the health department had issued his death certificate to his brother to help the latter grab his property. The accused is from Garanaga in SAS Nagar district. The CPS took the officials concerned to task for not cancelling the certificate and directed the civil surgeon to examine who was responsible.
She was displeased that officers were also unaware of the law and the rules for releasing birth and death certificates. She will also write to the state's director general of police (DGP) to seek action against the cops who failed to respond to the complaints of Narinder Singh.
"I am aware of the rampant corruption in the civil surgeon's offices across the state in the release of birth and death certificates. I will not tolerate it," said Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, adding: "People can send me any complaint at my e-mail ID firstname.lastname@example.org." In reply to a question, she said a policy was being prepared to regulate the private practice of the government doctors, but until it was implemented, the government doctors couldn't practice outside.