Punjab minister for medical education and research Anil Joshi on Thursday dismissed the allegations of chief minister’s adviser Maheshinder Singh Grewal that the minister was overstepping his jurisdiction by initiating an inquiry against his brother and Punjab medical council chief Dr GS Grewal.
“The allegations levelled by Grewal are false and the inquiry into the PMC affairs has been ordered by a three-member committee headed by Dr AKGupta of the PGI,” said Joshi.
The minister, however, made it clear that the state government had full power to look into the functioning of the PMC.
Grewal had on Wednesday claimed that the minister had no power to initiate action against the PMC president.
“The future course of action will depend on the outcome of the inquiry,” said Joshi claiming that there have been “corruption” complaints against Dr Grewal by many doctors, including two prominent ones from Ludhiana.
“Even a complaint had been forwarded by the Union health minister against Dr Grewal a few months ago. Also, 10-11 members of the PMC, too, have sought Grewal’s removal from the president’s post,” said Joshi.
He claimed that Dr Grewal has been issuing threats and seeking registration of cases against doctors. The PMC president has even been issuing notices to government doctors regarding their administrative duties. Joshi also pointed that PMC president was not holding meetings. He has also failed to respond to notices, he added.
The state government can take action if it finds that the council has exceeded its power or abused or misused the power, said Joshi. The government can seek an explanation from the council and in case of a compliance failure, it can even dissolve the body, said the minister.
The minister said there should be transparency in the functioning of the council. “A doctor involved in any unscrupulous activity will not be spared at any cost. We will follow the laid down systems and procedures,” he added.