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Medical officer dismissed 3 days before retirement

The Punjab Medical Education and Research Department has dismissed medical officer Dr Mukhtiar Singh posted at the department of pharmacology at government medical college in Patiala as he has been indicted in an inquiry pertaining to tempering with his date of birth in his academic documents.

punjab Updated: Mar 30, 2014 00:05 IST
Navrajdeep Singh

The Punjab Medical Education and Research Department has dismissed medical officer Dr Mukhtiar Singh posted at the department of pharmacology at government medical college in Patiala as he has been indicted in an inquiry pertaining to tempering with his date of birth in his academic documents.


Issuing the orders, Vini Mahajan, principal secretary of medical education and research, has also directed the principal of the medical college to write to the police for the registration of case against the tainted medical officer.

Surprisingly, the order came just three days before Dr Mukhtiar’s retirement. He is going to retire from his services on March 31.

The orders also raised equestions over the working of department officials and has exposed the negligent attitude of the authorities in carrying out verification of the documents of the employees.

In the dismissed orders, he has been found guilty of tampering with his birth year on three different occasions in his service book.

As per the government record and 10th class certificate presented by him at the time of procuring job, his original date of birth was 12-3-1952 but instead of this, he tempered and made it 12-3-1955 in the documents.

In the postgraduate application form, Dr Mukhtiar mentioned his birth year as 12-3-1957. Even his smart identity card application form and pan card carry the same date of birth.

The matter came to light in 2012 following which the inquiry had been going on before the final orders came on March 27.

As per the date of birth in official record, he was to retire in 2012.

In her orders, Vini Mahajan stated that: “The doctor has been found guilty of doing service for more years by tempering with his date of birth and thus cheated the state government. He has failed to provide evidence related to his date of birth before the director, research and medical education who is the controlling authority in the case”.

“During his two personal hearing, the doctor confessed that the tempering pertaining to his date of birth has been done from his side mistakenly”, orders stated.

It has been also mentioned that he tried to bribe a joint director of the department regarding his case.

“In view of serious charges, Dr Mukhtiar has been dismissed according to the Punjab services rules, while right of releasing his pending payments will stay with the government”, said Mahajan.

Dr KD Singh, principal of the medical college, said that the doctor has been apprised of the orders, while they have already written to Patiala senior superintendent of police for registering a case against the erring doctor.