Ruing outside interference, demeaning of chair, GMC-J principal offers to resign

AVINAV VERMA. Updated: 9/14/2020 11:30:54 AM Front Page

JAMMU: Ruing demeaning of chair and extra-institutional interference in the internal working of the institution, the Principal of premier health institution, Government Medical College and Hospital- Jammu (GMC&H-J) Nasib Chand Digra on Sunday offered his resignation to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
"I am compelled to put it on record that there are few extra-institutional officials, one or two HoDs and few faculty members, who are bypassing the departmental hierarchy and approaching administrative department in technical, professional and administrative matters," Digra said in a letter dashed to the Raj Bhavan.
“Such interferences into internal working of GMC’s principal offices will create huge space for anarchy, indiscipline and demean the chair of PMC (Principal Medical College). This will create a space for employees of GMC Jammu to create nuisance and get scot free from the administrative department by using all sorts of ways to influence higher office,” the letter reads.
Citing a case of doctor and in-charge professor against whom an FIR was lodged, he said, “I was personally demeaned when my order in this regard was rescinded by Health and Medical Education Department (H&ME) ,” he added.
In the month of June, Digra had withdrawn administrative work and relived in charge professor, Vishal Tandon from the membership of all committees, who was booked by Crime Branch Jammu for tampering of interview records of an applicant for the faculty post in GMC.
CB has confirmed in its preliminary verification report that Tondoan had tampered interview records of an applicant for faculty post in GMC Jammu and has also Indicted Tandon for lying, manipulating, concealing and providing wrong facts State Information Commission as well as the Crime Branch, multiple times. The CB had recommended departmental action against him for professional misconduct.
Digra wrote: “All the administrative work was withdrawn from one incharge professor against whom there is a live FIR for interpolation of the official record and IG crimes recommendations for departmental inquiry. However, the said doctor has been projected as blemish free by Health and Medical Education Department.”
He also informed Sinha that he was demeaned verbally, when he asked for some time to address the pending issues of before his appointment.
“In last four months, I had been put under huge pressure to take some pending decisions of my predecessor which can have long term repercussion on the PMC’s chair and the institution. On request of buying time to get the things straight in larger interest of the institution, I was demeaned verbally,” reads the letter.
“This all has severely hit my blemish image in the Society and demeaned the chair of PMC Jammu. In view of this, if my services are not being like anybody, I offer to get voluntary retirement from the service,” the letter reads.
He also apprised the LG that he was given extra of Head of Department (HoD) Surgey in the violation Medical Council of India (MCI) and appealed Financial Health Commissioner, Atal Dulloo to appoint full time HoD for the surgery department of GMC&H, Jammu.
“I was assigned the charge of HoD Surgery in addition to Principal & Dean but due to heavy workload In the office of principal in the backdrop of exponential COVID-19 pandemic situation and other administrative & academic matters, I am not in a position to do justice to the assigned duties of HoD/Surgery,” reads another letter of GMC principal written to Dulloo.

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