310 Bihar docs face dismissal
PATNA: The state health department is to initiate the process for dismissal and termination of services of 310 doctors for their failure to update the health department about their personal, educational and service details despite directives issued earlier. The particulars were to have been filed by September 15.
The department had directed the serving doctors to upload the required details on the portal of human resource information system (HRIS), an initiative launched by the Bihar State Health Society (BSHS). It had clearly stated, that only such doctors who uploaded the information by the due date would be considered for continuation in government service.
Executive director of the BSHS, Sanjay Kumar told HT, the society did not receive any information from 310 doctors including 178 regular doctors and 102 contractual doctors. “About the rest 30 doctors, we have no clue,” he said, adding, “All these doctors were liable for punishment for violating the government order”.
Sanjay, who is also secretary, health, said that the society was trying to elicit information on such doctors.
“Prima facie, it seems a majority of them were on unauthorised leave or were absentee doctors,” he said pointing to complaints received by the department from time to time on absenteeism.
He said that it was just an information collecting exercise by the BSHS to know the actual strength of the doctors, their educational qualifications, their positions as well as their present places of postings. It was an exercise where the doctors should have fully cooperated with the government, he averred.
Reacting to the development, the Bihar State Health Services association (BSHSA) dared the government to dismiss its members on such a “flimsy” issue.
“There is no harm in updating the department on such details, but it will be really arbitrary if someone faces such a harsh action on this ground,” said association’s general secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar.