Harassment charges: PGI panel asks complainants to appear on Apr 18
Four months after three staffers of Biostatics department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) blamed a doctor of “mental harassment”, a special committee constituted for the purpose, held its meeting on Monday.punjab Updated: Apr 05, 2016 12:43 IST
Four months after three staffers of Biostatics department, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) blamed a doctor of “mental harassment”, a special committee constituted for the purpose, held its meeting on Monday.
A notice to three complainants has been issued to appear before the committee members on April 18.
“Today the committee held its meeting and notices were issued to the complainants. As per the protocol, their statements will be recorded and corroborated. Later a notice will be issued to the concerned doctor. The entire proceedings will take some time, before reaching the final conclusion,” said one of the committee members.
In December, complaint letters were written by three staffers, including two women, posted at Biostatics department, wherein they had blamed a doctor of causing mental harassment at the workplace and had demanded their transfer.
As no action was taken by the administration, more number of letters was marked by the staffers in February.
The first letter written by one of the complainant on December 17, 2015 reads, “I am very much upset by the working environment of the department of Biostatics. The doctor whose name has been withheld always pressurises me to lodge complaints against other people or officials of PGI.”
The complainant said the doctor threatened her of dismissal from the service in case she refuses to sign the letters. Harassed from the behaviour of the doctor, the employee has sought transfer.
Another woman employee levelled similar allegations. “The doctor forced me to write my personal comments and sign on his personal letter against an official of PGI but I refused.”
Third staffer (male) complained that the doctor made personal comments on his family members and used abusive language. He has also sought transfer in another department.
One of the letters mentioned that the doctor made video-recording of female staff members.
A letter dated February 15 reads, “The situation of the department is getting worse. We were not allowed to sit and work in the department as the room was locked by the concerned doctor. He had also locked all computers by changing passwords.”