More than a year after he filed his ‘technical resignation’ from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), former head of orthopaedics department Dr Raj Bahadur is yet to vacate the government accommodation provided to him by the institute.
The agenda number 10 of the governing body meeting in October 2015 was held over the permission to Prof Bahadur to retain the government accommodation in excess of the period provided under allotment rules.
PGI officials had informed the governing body that Dr Bahadur was granted technical resignation after the due approval of the competent authority and as per the rules he could retain the house for four months after his resignation.
“The existing rules of the DG (estate) be followed and implemented in the case,” the governing body had decided.
A senior official from the PGI’s house allotment committee said, “It means that the Dr Bahadur will have to pay amount which is 50 times the rent he is actually paying to the institute.”
“The accommodation allotted to him is a type-7 house which has a monthly rent of around Rs 1,300,” he added.
Dr Bahadur was appointed the vice-chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, in December 2014. He shifted to Faridkot and was granted official accommodation there. He, however, chose to retain the PGI accommodation in Chandigarh.
“It has been more than a year that he left the PGIMER, but his name plate is still there outside a government house in Sector 24 allotted to the institute’s faculty,” said a senior official from the PGI administration.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Dr Raj Bahadur said, “I had asked for the permission and was informed by a senior administrative officer that I have been granted two-year extension.”
He said he had only technically resigned from the PGI, which means that if he wants, he can rejoin the parent institution if he is not happy at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences or the government is not satisfied with his work.