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Female employees term charges against Director Health false, frivolous
Urge LG to come for his rescue
11/1/2020 12:09:19 AM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Anantnag, Oct 31: Female employees working at Directorate of Health Services Kashmir have come in support of incumbent Director Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) Dr Samir Mattoo, against whom a lady doctor has leveled serious allegations. Calling the charges as malicious, false and frivolous, the employees have urged Lieutenant Governor to come to the rescue of innocent (Director Health Services Dr Samir Mattoo) so that truth prevails. “We female officers, subordinate staff members working in Directorate of Health Services Kashmir strongly condemn the malicious, false and frivolous campaign being run by vested interests to malign the image of present director ‘Dr Samir Mattoo’ who is a thorough gentleman and possesses professionalism of highest order,” female staffers have stated in the letter, a copy of which lies with Early Times.
In the letter, the employees say that a malicious, false and frivolous campaign started when a female doctor was transferred as she wasn’t delivering up to the expected level. “All this started when a female officer holding multiple assignments, enjoying multiple privileges from several years being unable to deliver was replaced and her portfolios were assigned to several officers,” female staffers have stated. Female employees have stated that they have never witnessed the incumbent director using unparliamentary language or calling female employees in his office unnecessarily.
Earlier, the Jammu Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) in a press communiqué said that they fully supported the Director Health Services Dr Samir Mattoo.
"Incumbent Director Health Services, Dr Samir Mattoo is an upright officer under whose command Directorate of health services has handled COVID crisis in a nice and effective manner", said Convener JKDCC, Dr Yousuf Tak.
President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Suhail Naik said, "Such mishaps and allegations are leveled when the system is bypassed and junior doctors are given plum posting"
"During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the incumbent director kept his residential house at the disposal of his staff to help them deliver their duties in a more comfortable manner,” said Dr Owais H Dar, General Secretary, DAK.
"Dr Mattoo during his last term as Director Health Services, Kashmir and thereafter as DHSJ did an exemplary service in a staff friendly manner", said Dr Masood Rashid, spokesperson Society of Consultant Doctors (SCD).
Dr Balvinder Singh, President, Doctors Association Jammu added, " Dr Matoo has always been supportive and available at the time of need.”
"During the present COVID-19 pandemic he assured separate COVID and non COVID facilities in best possible way. Many a times he has given personal touch in addition to his professional duties by visiting doctors and staff in isolation wards who became victim of COVID-19 to boost their morale,” said, Dr Arshad Trag, Joint Secretary DAK.
"During this whole time as director we have never come across any complaint on his moral integrity", said Dr Tabasum Rafiq of Society Of Dental Surgeons JK(SDSJK).
"Present crisis wherein allegations of moral misconduct has surfaced needs to be seen in this backdrop. Now as a probe is underway we urge authorities to come with a report of fair and impartial enquiry in time so that an end is put to this ugly incident and truth is allowed to prevail", said Dr Arifa Amin of Jammu Kashmir Society for Consultant Doctors (JKSCD).
"As such events derail the smooth functioning of a vital department which can put the public in distress at large" added Dr Imtiyaz Banday, President SDSJK.
While concluding, Spokesperson JKDCC, Dr Mir Mushtaq said that "members expressed apprehensions that if this trend is allowed to continue no male officer will ever like to hold any administrative post and that will be hugely detrimental.”
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