Nursing supDt issue: Union health ministry asks PGI director to revoke its 2 orders

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2016 13:46 IST

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a letter to the director, PGIMER on Friday, ordering it to revoke the two orders where the institute had extended the probation period and then relieved a nursing superintendent Jaspal Kaur in 2015.

The institute has been asked to immediately rescind the two orders and send a compliance report within a week.

On March 9, 2016, PGIMER had marked a letter to the ministry highlighting the issue of Jaspal Kaur. On April 22, 2016, a reply was marked by the ministry to the PGIMER and its copy is with the HT.

The letter reads, “the matter has been examined and it is observed that the order dated January 29, 2014 and March 5, 2015 regarding extension of probation period and relieving from services of Jaspal Kaur, nursing superintendent, have been issued without following due procedures.”

The letter further mentions, “You are, therefore, directed to rescind the above two orders dated January 29, 2014 and March 5, 2015 immediately and to send report in a week.”

The issue

Jaspal Kaur was assistant nursing superintendent in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32) and she worked there for 17-18 years. In 2012, she applied for the post of nursing superintendent at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

After two years of probation, she was expecting to get her regularisation letter, but in January 2014 the institute administration increased the probation period by one year.

“The hospital administration is not authorised to increase the probation period from two to three years.

Only president of the institute (union health minister) has the powers,” said an official, PGIMER. After the third year of probation, when Jaspal Kaur asked for regularisation, she was served a relieving letter on March 5, 2015.

“No reason was mentioned as to why she has been relieved,” said an official. In March 2015, CAT had stayed the relieving order of Kaur.

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