DTO to accept medical certificates only from suvidha centre doctors

  • Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2014 17:03 IST

After the vigilance bureau has tightened grip on district transport office’s working, the district transport officer has asked the officials not to entertain the medical certificates made from any doctors except those at the suvidha centre.

Through verbal orders, the DTO has directed to only accept the medical fitness certificates issued by the three doctors that were recently placed at suvidha centre by the department.

But, DTO’s orders have harried the applicants a lot, as they are being forced to wait for hours to get their medical examinations done, as the number of doctors is not enough to deal with huge number of applicants.

Moreover, the applicants visiting suvidha centres after completing all formalities, from city periphery are being denied medical certificates. They have been forced to stand in long queues to get their medical certificates made again.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Vigilance Bureau had struck district transport office and had arrested three agents on September 17. The bureau had booked eight accused, including DTO Anil Garg’s stenographer, a clerk and agents after an inquiry.

The Vigilance Bureau in the investigation had found that the accused used to forge stamp and signatures of various doctors to issue medical fitness certificate to driving licence applicants.

The bureau has also come to know about the three doctors that used to issue medical certificates to applicants without checkup in exchange of money.

The matter was discovered by chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal during a surprise check at the suvidha centre of the district administration on June 20.

During the check, the agents fled the spot leaving behind 62 licence forms they were carrying to get approval from transport office officials. The chief secretary had then grilled the DTO and ordered a vigilance inquiry.

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