Disobeying health minister: PGI MS says chargesheet baseless

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2016 19:15 IST
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (HT File Photo)

Days after he was chargesheeted for disobeying the then health minister’s orders in 2014, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) medical superintendent Dr AK Gupta submitted his reply to the director on Thursday dubbing all the allegations listed as baseless.

The MS had been chargesheeted for ‘disobeying’ the then Union health minister’s order and continuing his three-month assignment with the Worth Health Organisation (WHO) in Nepal in 2014. He was asked to file his reply within 10 days.

In his reply, Dr Gupta has mentioned that he did not break any rule or regulation as he pursued his ex-India leave for 90 days as he had taken the permission of the competent authority which is the PGI director.

MS has also mentioned a rule by which the governing body is supposed to work, where it is mentioned that the director had full powers to permit officers t o go abroad for attending seminars, workshops and other for a period up to 180 days.

However, the director had sent a letter to the ministry and his ex-India leave was cancelled. On September 29, the MS was informed of the ministry’s order, but he did not return.

To this MS has replied that he had filed an appeal with the ministry to allow him to complete my trip, but he got no reply.

“I had already signed a MoU with WHO, the cancellation of which meant paying a heavy compensation amount and a bad name for the institute,” the MS had told HT.

Ashwani Munjal, general secreatry, Medical Technologists Association, said that asking for leave and getting permission for foreign assignment were two different issues.

“The PGI director has power to sanction leave for 180 days, but for allowing someone to go on an ex-India tour, even he has to take permission from the President of the institute that is the union health minister and then the issue has to be approved by the governing body,” he said.

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