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CMO ?forced? to go on leave

THE CHIEF Medical Officer (CMO) appointed by the State government has been forced to go on leave, while his predecessor though relieved from the post continues to look after routine work. The predecessor has already drawn around Rs 3 crore from the State treasury without having the authority of drawing and disbursing officer.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 00:57 IST

THE CHIEF Medical Officer (CMO) appointed by the State government has been forced to go on leave, while his predecessor though relieved from the post continues to look after routine work. The predecessor has already drawn around Rs 3 crore from the State treasury without having the authority of drawing and disbursing officer.

This is the situation in Rampur, the home district of Urban Development Minister Azam Khan. A month ago the State government appointed Dr MM Khan to the post of CMO of Rampur district. Dr Khan went on leave after Azam Khan threatened him with dire consequences.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary Neeta Chaudhary, Dr Khan has requested transfer to another district. On the other hand, Azam Khan urged the State government to take stringent action against Dr Khan.

Since the issue was related to a high profile minister, rather than taking any action the health department officials put the ball in Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s court.

But even after a month, disorder prevails in the district health department office in Rampur. Additional director of Moradabad Dr Mohammad Jubair has said in a letter to the Principal Secretary that after Dr Khan went on leave, Dr RK Bharadwaj, who was relieved from the post, is working as the CMO.

The State government had not taken any decision on the issue. Not only was Dr Bharadwaj committing financial irregularities but complete anarchy prevailed in the CMO’s office there, Dr Jubair said.

Consequently, the working of the district hospital had also been paralysed. Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) Dr Riyazul Hasan had also gone on leave on the same ground: threat by Azam Khan.

Dr Jubair said though before proceeding on leave Dr Hasan had directed his deputy Dr Swaraj Bhatnagar to look after the work of the CMS, Dr Bhatnagar had not been authorised to manage the financial matters. The employees posted in the district hospital were yet to get salary and fund collected under user charges could not be deposited in the bank, he said.